MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jarrett Culver scored 18 points in the second half and No. 11 Texas Tech held off West Virginia 62-59 in both team’s Big 12 opener Wednesday night at the Coliseum.
Matt Mooney tallied 14 points and Davide Moretti added 12 for the Red Raiders (12-1, 1-0).
Lamont West led the Mountaineers (8-5, 0-1) with 22 points, while making 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Derek Culver chipped in 12 points.
WVU turned the ball over 22 times.
The Mountaineers outrebounded Texas Tech 41-31.
In the second half, the Red Raiders took a 35-26 lead on Mooney’s layup with 14 minutes left. However, WVU clawed its way back into the game using a 10-2 run to pull within one, 44-43, with 7:55 remaining.
Back-to-back baskets from West gave the Mountaineers a 48-46 edge. The two teams traded baskets until Moretti’s 3-pointer with 2:08 remaining put Texas Tech ahead for good.
With 14 seconds left, West drained a 3-pointer to cut WVU’s deficit to 59-57.
After Moretti missed the second free throw with 3.3 seconds to go, Brandon Knapper threw up desperation 3 that missed.
The Mountaineers shot 42 percent from the floor, 26 percent from 3-point range. WVU made just 18-of-32 free throws.
The Red Raiders shot 38 percent from the field, 17 percent from 3 and 71 percent from the charity stripe.
WVU travels to Austin on Saturday to take on the Texas Longhorns at 9 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS