MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (January 25, 2021) — Down by one point with 10 seconds, Deuce McBride made a driving basket, leading No. 11 West Virginia over No. 10 Texas Tech, 88-87.
Texas Tech (11-5, 7-4 Big 12) was ahead by 12 points with seven minutes to go. West Virginia (11-4, 4-3 Big 12) couldn’t get anything going, especially with TTU guard Mac McClung seemingly being unstoppable.
McClung finished with 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting.
Behind McBride, the Mountaineers were able to stay within two scores for the majority of the end of the game. In the final two minutes, it was the Deuce McBride show.
After hitting two free-throws, McBride hit a three. Then, McClung had an answer with a three of his own. With 50 seconds to go, Taz Sherman scored on a lay-up to keep it a one-point game.
The Mountaineers got a needed stop, and then it was all McBride.
After the Cincinnati native finished the basket, McClung ran down the floor and missed the potential game-winning shot.
“Well, we went 10-for-10 down the stretch. I mean, you go 10-for-10 down the stretch, you’re going to win a bunch of games,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “We finally made shots. We had opportunities, we missed free throws, we turned it over.”
“We were our own worst enemy for the first 32 minutes,” Huggins added.
As the final score shows WVU winning, this is not a typical box score from a West Virginia game. The Mountaineers finished the game, shooting 58% from the field and shot 12-of-19 from three.
West Virginia did struggle from the charity strike, shooting 16-of-27 from the line.
Chris Beard’s group was able to create 12 WVU turnovers, scoring 25 points off of them. What did the Mountaineers do? They created only two turnovers and scored zero points off of those.
West Virginia allowed 44 points-in-the-paint.
McBride led away with 24 points for the game, 19 points in the second half. The sophomore guard had seven rebounds and six assists against the Red Raiders.
Mountaineers Sean McNeil, Jordan McCabe, Jalen Bridges and Sherman all shot well on Monday night. The four combined to shoot 6-of-13 from three.
McCabe started his second game in-a-row, scoring nine of his 10 points in the first half. The Wisconsin native recorded a season-high of 24 minutes.
The Mountaineers will take a few days off before welcoming the Florida Gators to the WVU Coliseum for the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2.