Juwan Staten returned and led the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers past the Texas Tech Red Raiders 78-67 in Lubbock.
The Mountaineers had five players in double figures on Monday. Staten scored 16 points after a sluggish start, all but three coming in the second half.
Devin Williams had 14 points. Gary Browne and Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 apiece.
Freshman guard Jevon Carter had a big night with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals in 21 minutes of playing time.
The Mountaineers dominated inside, getting 38 points in the paint to 18 for Texas Tech.
Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 21 points for the Red Raiders.
West Virginia’s high power pressure defense forced 22 turnovers.
The Mountaineers had forced seven turnovers just 11 minutes into the game and took a 21-13 lead. Texas Tech battled back with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 23-20.
Staten finally got on the board and put the Mountaineers up 32-25 with two minutes to play.
West Virginia led the Red Raiders 32-29 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half. The Mountaineers made its first 9 of 10 and shot 62 percent in the half.
Staten extended West Virginia’s lead to 51-40 on a pair of jumpers.
Jevon Carter’s back-to-back field goal capped a 7-0 run over just more than a minute, which stretched the Mountaineers’ lead to 53-40 with 11:44 to play in the second half.
The Red Raiders wouldn’t go away and managed to cut the lead to eight with 2:20 to play on a pair of free throws from Zach Smith. That would be as close as Texas Tech would get.
West Virginia had nine steals, ending its streak of getting at least 10 steals in each game.
The Mountaineers will face off against the No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Coliseum.
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