MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter and Lamont West combined for 47 points as No. 12 West Virginia University knocked off Texas 77-62 on Monday night.
Carter notched his third double-double of the season, scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (22-6, 10-5 Big 12). West recorded a career-high 23 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Elijah Macon added 10 points.
Jarrett Allen led the Longhorns (10-18, 4-11) with 17 points and seven boards. Eric Davis Jr. had 14 points. Kerwin Roach Jr. added 13 and Andrew Jones 11.
However, the story of the evening happened right before halftime when WVU head coach Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a timeout. According to the fiery but beloved coach, he claimed he got light headed from standing up too quickly and his defibrillator went off.
Huggins suffered a heart attack at an airport in 2002 while coaching at Cincinnati.
Texas started the game with a 12-2 run but the Mountaineers rallied behind West’s hot-hand with a 21-3 run to take control. The freshman scored 20 points in the first half.
“Well, we watched film for half an hour today and then we were on the floor for maybe an hour,” Huggins said. “Then Lamont was out there for another hour and a half. I walked in two hours before the game and he was one of three guys down there shooting the ball. That just goes to my theory. If you are in the gym and you work at it, Billy (Hahn) says it’s the Basketball Gods, if you cheat the game the Basketball Gods catch up to you.”
WVU led 46-32 at the break.
The Mountaineers’ bench bench outscored the Longhorns’ 36-5.
WVU shot 46 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. The Mountaineers made 10-of-24 from beyond the arc.
Texas shot 45 percent from the floor, 23 percent from 3-point land and 75 percent from the line.
Esa Ahmad missed the game with back spasms and is listed as day-to-day.
WVU travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU on Saturday.