MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Three years ago today, Andrew Jones found out he had cancer and embarked on the battle of his life, which he won.
On the anniversary of that grim day, Jones hit a 3-pointer with the game on the line to lift No. 4 Texas past No. 14 WVU 72-70 on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. went to the free throw line with a one-point lead and 10 seconds left on the clock. He missed both free throws and Texas grabbed the rebound.
Courtney Ramey found Andrew Jones, who sank the 3-pointer from the corner.
“We had the game in hand, we just needed to make some free throws,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “That’s a tough one to swallow.”
Ramey led the Longhorns (10-1) with 19 points. Andrew Jones had 16 points. Matt Coleman III tallied 13 points. Greg Brown had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Kai Jones added 10 points.
The Mountaineers (9-4) were led by Taz Sherman with 17 points. Derek Culver and Sean McNeil each had 14. Deuce McBride chipped in 12.
“We had to play small because (backup forward) Seny (Ndiaye) is not ready and I think that hurt us a little bit on the glass,” Huggins said.
Culver led WVU with 16 rebounds.
The Mountaineers outrebounded Texas 40-38.
The Longhorns dominated WVU in the paint, 40-22.
The Mountaineers shot 39 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the charity stripe.
Texas shot 47 percent from the floor, 21 percent from 3 and 70 percent from the line.
WVU travels to Waco on Tuesday to meet No. 2 Baylor at 9 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Dale Sparks- WVU Sports