Texas Tech uses last push to best WVU

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Terrence Shannon is getting back on track and No. 18 Texas Tech keeps winning at home.

Shannon scored a season-high 23 points in only third game back from a lingering back issue, including the go-ahead three-point play, and the Red Raiders remained undefeated on their home court with a 78-65 win over West Virginia in a physical game with 50 fouls called.

“It was an ugly win until it’s over, and now it’s a beautiful win,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “We’re done with it, and we’re glad and we’re relieved.”

After West Virginia (13-5, 2-4 Big 12) took its only lead in the second half on a 3-pointer by Taz Sherman with 6:21 left, Shannon’s three-point play on the ensuing possession put the Red Raiders up 56-54. That layup when being fouled was part of Shannon making his last four field goal attempts, including back-to-back 3-pointers that extended the margin to 65-56, and a slam dunk with 1:12 left after the last of West Virginia’s 17 turnovers.

Kevin Obanor added 18 points and Bryson Williams had 13 for Texas Tech (15-4, 5-2), which is 12-0 at home.

It was the 1,300th college game coached by Bob Huggins, who is in his 40th season overall. He is in his 16th season at West Virginia, with a 323-176 record at his alma mater.

The Mountaineers (13-5, 2-4 Big 12) have lost three consecutive games. While all of those losses were to Top 25 opponents, Huggins had an extended talk with his team in the locker room after the game.

“We’ve got to be more competitive than what we are,” Huggins said. “We had stretches where we competed a little bit, but not for an entire game. We haven’t competed for an entire game yet.”

Sherman led West Virginia with 21 points. Malik Curry added 11 before becoming one of four Mountaineers who fouled out of the game.

The game was tied only once in the second half, and the only time the Mountaineers went ahead after the break was when Sherman scored six points in 34 seconds, on a three-point play before following a missed 3 by Shannon with a 3-pointer for a 54-53 lead.


West Virginia: Home vs. Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Texas Tech: At No. 7 Kansas on Monday night, 16 days after beating the Jayhawks 75-67 at home.


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