No. 8 Texas Tech knocks off No. 2 WVU

No. 8 Texas Tech knocks off No. 2 WVU

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No. 8 Texas Tech knocks off No. 2 WVU

Jan 13, 2018; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Keenan Evans (12) brings the ball up court against the West Virginia Mountaineers at United Supermarkets Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

LUBBOCK, Texas–Keenan Evans scored 20 points as No. 8 Texas Tech defeated No. 2 West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Brandone Francis added 17 points for the Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12).

The loss snaps the Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1) 15-game winning streak and  now there are four teams tied for first place in the Big 12.

Jevon Carter tallied 28 points for WVU. In his return, Esa Ahmad had 18 points and six rebounds.

After trailing much of the game, Justin Gray made two free throws to give Texas Tech a 58-57 lead.

Over the next two minutes, the two teams exchanged basket before several times before Niem Stevenson hit two free throws to give the Red Raiders the lead for good. Evans hit a lean-in jumper  with 39 seconds remaining to give Tech a 70-66 lead.

Jan 13, 2018; Lubbock, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter (2) works the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at United Supermarkets Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

With one second remaining, Carter drained a 3 but it was too little too late for the Mountaineers.

WVU outrebounded the Red Raiders 31-27.

The Mountaineers shot 39 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc. WVU made 14-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Tech shot 50 percent from the field, 27 percent from long range and made 24-of-28 from the free throw line.

The Mountaineers return home on Monday to take on No. 12 Kansas at 9 p.m.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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