MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–It was an emotional evening filled with exciting Big 12 basketball on Wednesday.
WVU had 10 different players get in on the scoring action, including Romeo who had appeared in just eight games prior to Wednesday’s game.
Justin Gray led the Red Raiders (18-11, 8-9) with 15 points and Aaron Ross scored 14.
Miles broke a slump where he had scored just 14 total points in four games. He sat out two of those games due to a hamstring injury, but the 6-foot-3 guard was on point against Texas Tech.
Miles connected on 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers’ pressure defense caused lots of problems for the Red Raiders. WVU forced 19 turnovers, leading to 34 points.
The Mountaineers had 11 steals.
“I thought our pressure was pretty good,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “That crew (Texas Tech) has played really well (of late) and I thought we really took them out of what they wanted to do.”
WVU remains in sole possession of second place with No.6 Oklahoma right on their heels. The Sooners swept the season series against the Mountaineers and would own the tiebreaker.
The Mountaineers had a 40-23 edge over the Red Raiders on the glass. WVU had 19 offensive boards.
“I thought we were just manhandled tonight,” Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith said. “I thought our kids shot the ball OK, did some things well. We just couldn’t defend the post like we wanted to.”
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 2-0 run, but the Mountaineers led the rest of the night. WVU went on a 17-4 run to take control of the game.
Elijah Macon’s monstrous dunk with two seconds remaining gave the Mountaineers a 41-26 lead at the half.
The Mountaineers largest was 82-55 with 4:52 left.
Huggins tied Cliff Ellis for ninth place on the all-time wins list with 788.
WVU will travel to Waco on Saturday to take on the Baylor Bears.