MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter scored 22 points as No. 6 WVU snapped a two-game losing streak, defeating Texas 86-51 on Saturday afternoon.
Beetle Bolden tallied 19 points for the Mountaineers (16-3, 5-2 Big 12). Daxter Miles Jr. had 10. Sagaba Konate picked up a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 boards.
The Longhorns (12-7, 3-4) went through several long scoring droughts that proved costly for them.
After blowing double-digit leads to both Texas Tech and Kansas, WVU was determined not to let this one slip away and came out blazing in the second half.
Miles capped off a 15-0 run when he drained a 3-pointer, giving the Mountaineers a 61-37 lead with 7:25 remaining.
D’Angelo Hunter hit back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to 86-51 with 22 seconds to go.
WVU struggled to make shots early on but heated up as the half progressed.
Esa Ahmad’s tip-in capped a 13-0 run with 1:53 left, giving the Mountaineers a 30-20 lead.
Texas scored just one basket in nearly the final 10 minutes of the first half.
WVU out rebounded the Longhorns 45-29.
The Mountaineers forced 15 turnovers and had four steals.
“We got second-chance opportunities,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “We were able to turn them over a little bit. We made some shots. We actually tried to run the offense we are supposed to run, and not whoever gets it, shoots it. You know, we spend a lot of time, obviously, scouting people. We spend a lot of our time with our guys in breakdown and five-on-five situations of knowing what they’re going to do so we’re better equipped to take care of it.
“We still had some breakdowns tonight. You know, I just told them after the last game, ‘Man, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then come over and sit down.’ I’m done with, ‘Give me another chance.’ I’m done with, ‘Yeah, but I got screened.’ That’s a part of our game; don’t get screened. I thought from that standpoint we were way better.”
WVU shot 46 percent from the field, 52 percent from beyond the arc and was perfect from the charity stripe.
Texas shot 34 percent from the floor, 20 percent from 3 and 64 percent from the line.
Kerwin Roach Jr., Jacob Young and Mohamed Bamba each scored nine for the Longhorns.
Before the game, the Mountaineers honored Texas guard Andrew Jones by wearing burnt orange t-shirts with Big 12 strong and Jones’ number on them. WVU also presented the Longhorns with a signed basketball while the fans gave a standing ovation.
Jones was diagnosed earlier this month with leukemia.
The Mountaineers travel to Fort Worth on Monday to take on TCU at 9 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS