MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Not since the days of carving up nonconference cupcakes has West Virginia enjoyed such an extended run of hot shooting.

The Mountaineers sank 69 percent of their second-half shots Wednesday night, and as is so often the case against Texas Tech, they needed virtually every one. After an 87-81 victory at the Coliseum, Eron Harris reveled in the offensive teamwork.

“Everybody was getting involved,” said Harris, who scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. “We were just playing team ball.”

He knocked down three 3-pointers in the game’s first five minutes and then happily settled for playing a supporting role to Terry Henderson’s career-high 28 points.

“We knew they were outstanding shooters,” said Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, whose Red Raiders allowed 89 points to WVU in the first meeting earlier this month.

“Certain guys, like Henderson, we tell them to make them put (the ball) on the floor, but I guess some of our guys did not understand the scouting report. That’s all I can say.”

With Henderson going 5-of-6 and Nate Adrian pitching in 3-of-7, West Virginia sank 11-of-20 from 3-point range (55 percent), its best long-distance shooting performance since making 10-of-18 (59 percent) in the Dec. 2 blasting of Loyola-Maryland—which happened to be coached by Tubby’s son, G.G. Smith.

“We just did not have enough firepower,” Tubby said. “West Virginia’s guys stepped up.”

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Comments

  • JT

    If they play team ball, we will win several more games and some of them will be against teams that are supposed to beat us. To me, the main area lacking in is an inside presence but I believe that our big freshman will be a force once he gets the speed of the college game. We need one or two more big men to complement our outstanding guard heavy team.

  • 4WVUinKY

    Agree...I was at the ball end of the court yelling "burn the clock" when Browne let it rip from the corner. Had he made it...we wouldn't be chatting...but he didn't. They are coming along but it's critical plays like them that make you wonder. The TT 16-0 run was the result of us not getting back, not guarding when TT was in their set offense, and too much dribbling...it happens to all teams. The important thing is that we fought back and took the lead by the half.

    It was a good game and win for us...let's move on and surprise OK State!

    It's an absolutely awesome day to be a Mountaineer...once, always, wherever!

  • Protechcpa

    All well and good, but between Harris and Browne, they almost threw it away at the end. The unnecessary 3 ball (miss) by Browne that led to an instant 3 by Hannahs and then Harris giving away three uncontested foul shots, well let's just say they were lucky to get away with that. Those were two really bone head plays by veterans. Do they think?

    • Allen

      That was 6 points that was given. It was not like Tech had any lucky breaks either. Like the shot put 3 to end the first half. Pure lucky. The pressing by Tech at the end could have had several fouls called but the officials chose to swallow their whistles. WVU got the ball in anyway and made their foul shots winning it at the end like they are suppose. Sometimes people act like the other team is not trying to win either.