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WVU Falls 78-65 To Texas Tech In Foul-Filled Matchup

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Terrence Shannon scored a season-high 23 points with a go-ahead three-point play and No. 18 Texas Tech remained undefeated at home with a 78-65 win over West Virginia on Saturday.

After West Virginia took its only lead in the second half on 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.

It was the 1,300th college game coached by Bob Huggins, who is in his 40th season overall and 16th at West Virginia, his alma mater. He is 323-176 with the Mountaineers (13-5, 2-4 Big 12), who have lost three consecutive games — all to Top 25 opponents.

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

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

There were 50 fouls called in the game, 30 against the Mountaineers. Texas Tech made 25 free throws.

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 when his made shot from beyond the arc for a 54-53 lead.


West Virginia: The Mountaineers finished their third game against Top 25 teams in eight days, starting with a loss at Kansas the previous Saturday before a home loss to Baylor. ... Only five college coaches have more games to their credit than Huggins, whose total includes 97 games at NAIA school Walsh in his first coaching job, before going to Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and West Virginia. He has 913 wins overall.

Texas Tech: Shannon made only his second start, and played in his third game, since missing six games in a row over a month because of a lingering back issue. The standout junior forward also was held out of the first three games of the season during a review of eligibility rules related to Shannon going through the NBA draft process last summer before deciding to return to school.


Texas Tech could move up in the Top 25 for the third week in a row when the new poll comes out Monday. The Red Raiders were 25th for four consecutive weeks, then moved up in each of the past two weeks.


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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