Longhorns Too Much for WVU

  • By John Antonik
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  • January 13, 2014 09:17 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Javan Felix scored 19 points to lead Texas to an 80-69 victory over West Virginia Monday night at the Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (10-7, 2-2), coming off a heartbreaking one-point loss to 11th-ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday, couldn’t find the basket tonight, especially from 3 hitting just 3 of 18 from behind the arc. West Virginia missed 15 straight during one stretch as the Longhorns built a 20-point lead midway through the second half.
Cameron Ridley added 12 points and 12 rebounds, Jonathan Holmes had 9 points and 12 boards while Isaiah Taylor and Martez Walker each added 10 for Texas, now 13-4, 2-2.
"I really felt that the last eight minutes of the first half were the best eight minutes we have played all year," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "Isaiah Taylor, up until the end, did the best job he has done all year. Tonight he did a great job in terms of being a point guard that can get us going. It was a great team win. We got really good production from our bench."
Texas got 23 points and 15 rebounds from its bench tonight.
Juwan Staten led everyone with 23 for West Virginia – his third consecutive 20-point performance in conference play this season. Staten had 25 in an overtime win at Texas Tech and then scored 20 on Saturday against Oklahoma State. He is now averaging 20.8 points in his four Big 12 games this year, while boosting his overall season scoring average to 17.3 points per game.
Terry Henderson contributed 16 points on 7 of 17 shooting, while Remi Dibo came off the bench to score 10.
"We took makeable shots," said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. "For some reason we have started pump faking when we’re open and dribbling into people when we’re not. I don’t understand the value in that.  Remi took excellent shots. We just didn’t make them."
West Virginia, which has lost two straight after winning three in a row, shot 37.7 percent for the game (26 of 69) and was overwhelmed on the glass, getting out-rebounded 49-30 by Texas for easily its widest discrepancy this season, as was the final scoring margin.
It was the first time this year that WVU has lost by a double-digit margin, the six prior defeats coming by nine points or less.
"I can’t say we didn’t play hard because they did until the end," said Huggins. "We just couldn’t make a shot. We could have got back in the game if we could have made a shot."
Freshman forward Devin Williams was slowed by the flu tonight, said Huggins. He finished the game scoring just 2 points in 16 minutes of action.
Tonight's crowd was announced at 8,706.
West Virginia is back on the road to face 12-4 Kansas State on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan. The Wildcats have 25th-ranked Oklahoma tomorrow night before facing the Mountaineers.

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