Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Myers, No. 10 WVU hold off Texas

Texas Longhorns forward Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against West Virginia Mountaineers forward Brandon Watkins (20) during the first half at the Frank Erwin Center.  (Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney, USA TODAY Sports)

Texas Longhorns forward Jarrett Allen (31) shoots against West Virginia Mountaineers forward Brandon Watkins (20) during the first half at the Frank Erwin Center. (Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney, USA TODAY Sports)

AUSTIN, Texas–Teyvon Myers came off the bench and scored 16 points and No. 10 West Virginia University held of Texas 74-72 on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.

Jevon Carter tallied 15 points and Tarik Phillip added 14 for the Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1 Big 12).

Texas took a 53-47 lead when Andrew Jones sank a 3-pointer with 10:35 left in the game.

But WVU used two free throws from Myers and a 3 from Phillip to pull within one.

Phillip stole the ball from Kerwin Roach Jr. and finished with a layup to give the Mountaineers a 54-53 lead.

The two teams battled back and forth but a crucial moment came when Nathan Adrian grabbed the rebound on Phillip’s missed 3 and drew the foul. The senior made both free throws and gave WVU a 72-68 lead.

“Nate gets a huge offensive rebound there to where we could get some sort of control of the game,” head coach Bob Huggins said.

Carter made two free throws in the final seconds that gave the Mountaineers a four-point lead.

Jarrett Allen’s put-back basket with 1.1 seconds gave the Longhorns one final shot. But Myers missed both free throws and Allen’s desperation shot never went near the basket.

WVU struggled to make shots, committed turnovers and just looked flat at the start of the game.

A 3-pointer from Jones gave Texas its largest lead of the half, 21-14.

But the Mountaineers’ turned it on and WVU used a 22-13 run to pull ahead.

With 17 seconds remaining in the half Myers stole the ball off Eric Davis Jr. on an inbounds play and scored on an easy layup.

Roach Jr. hit a 3-pointer with one second remaining to cut the Mountaineers’ lead to 39-34 at the half.

WVU forced 19 turnovers but turned the ball over 15 times.

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) shoots against Texas guard Andrew Jones (1) and forward Shaquille Cleare (32) during the second half. (Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney, USA TODAY Sports)

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter (2) shoots against Texas guard Andrew Jones (1) and forward Shaquille Cleare (32) during the second half.
(Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney, USA TODAY Sports)

“It hard for us to press when they play four guards and for the majority of the game they played basically four guards,” Huggins said. “Compound that with the fact that we were incredibly loose with the ball.”

The Mountaineers shot 46 percent from the floor and made just 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. WVU shot 69 percent from the free throw line.

The Longhorns shot 48 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range. Texas made 18-of-23 from the charity stripe.

Allen led the Longhorns with 19 points. Jones scored 17 points. Shaquille Cleare added 12 and Roach had 11.

Texas was without its leading scorer Tevin Mack, who was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

WVU hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Patrick Meredith-University of Texas photo

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