MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Miles “Deuce” McBride scored a career-best 22 points as No. 17 West Virginia downed No. 22 Texas Tech 66-54 on Saturday night at the Coliseum.
Brandon Knapper added 10 points for the Mountaineers (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) and Oscar Tshiebwe grabbed 17 boards.
Davide Moretti led the Red Raiders (10-4, 1-2) with 16 points.
Bench play continued to be a key factor for WVU as its bench dropped 41 points.
The Mountaineers forced 15 turnovers and outrebounded Texas Tech 43-30.
” I didn’t think we were great,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “We were supposed to stay under them and not get back-cut. We probably got back-cut six or seven times. The whole deal was don’t let them shoot layups and make them shoot the ball over top of us. I guess, for the most part, we did okay with it, but we have to become more consistent in a whole bunch of areas.”
After WVU went cold at the start of the second half, McBride sparked the offense by draining a pair of jumpers.
With 9:14 left, McBride’s jumper put the Mountaineers in front 50-38. However, the Red Raiders refused to go away. Avery Benson’s 3-pointer pulled Texas Tech within six, 52-46, with 7:09 remaining.
But WVU went on a 10-0 run and was able to put the game away.
“He was really good, even though he got sped up a little bit too fast,” Huggins said of McBride. “We were just trying to flatten it out and let him play.”
The Mountaineers shot 44 percent from the field, 20 percent from beyond the arc and 86 percent from the charity stripe.
The Red Raiders shot 30 percent from the floor, 22 percent from 3-point range and 66 percent from the foul line.
WVU takes on TCU at home on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (ET).