Friday, October 21, 2016

No. 20 Texas powers past No. 16 West Virginia

Gary Browne  (Photo Credit:  Kelsie VanderWijst)

Gary Browne
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

Cam Ridley scored 19 points and the No.  20 Texas Longhorns demolished the No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers 77-50 on Saturday night.

Miles Turner had 16 points and Jonathan Holmes recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Longhorns snapped a two game losing skid.

The Mountaineers struggled offensively, shooting a horrid 24 percent, its worse offensive performance of the season. West Virginia also found itself in foul trouble early on.

The Mountaineers picked up 10 fouls in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Gary Browne was the only West Virginia player in double digits with 14 points. Juwan Staten once again struggled offensively as the Longhorns held him to three points.

Texas fought off the Mountaineers press defense and used its size to dominate in the paint. The Longhorns had 19 turnovers but never West Virginia was unable to capitalize.

Jonathan Holton scored the Mountaineers first five points and they took an early 5-0 lead, but Texas would answer with a 6-0 run to take the lead.

Ridley carried the Longhorns on his shoulders much of the first half. The 6-foot-9 center scored 12 points in the first 10 minutes including two monstrous dunks.

Jaysean Paige ended a five-minute drought with a 3-pointer with 3:19 left in the first half to pull the Mountaineers within nine points.

Holmes had eight points and the Longhorns took a 37-23 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Longhorns maintained a double-digit lead through the first 10 minutes of the second half. Jevon Carter made back-to-back 3-pointers to keep the Mountaineers within reach but he couldn’t get West Virginia any closer.

Holton fouled out midway through the first half and frustrations were evident when Devin Williams was whistled for an offensive foul. He then grabbed the ball and dunked it anyway, drawing a technical. Texas made both free throws, giving the Longhorns a 15-point lead with just over nine minutes to play.

West Virginia will have a week to bounce back when they take on the TCU Horned Frogs at home next Saturday at 2 p.m.




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