Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No. 9 WVU fends off Texas Tech in double overtime

Jevon Carter (2), Daxter Miles Jr. (4) and Tarik Phillip (12) celebrate WVU's 83-74 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Jevon Carter (2), Daxter Miles Jr. (4) and Tarik Phillip (12) celebrate WVU’s 83-74 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter scored a season-best 24 points and No. 9 West Virginia University defeated Texas Tech 83-74 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out Coliseum.

Elijah Macon notched his first double-double of the season with17 points and 12 rebounds. Tarik Phillip had 15 points and Daxter Miles Jr. added 11.

Keenan Evans recorded 28 and four assists for the Red Raiders. Niem Stevenson tallied 17 points, all of which came in the first half. Aaron Ross added 10.

The Mountaineers (21-6, 9-5 Big 12) once again let a late lead get away and were forced to play an extra session for the second time this week. WVU went 10 minutes without a field goal but hung on to win.

“We really didn’t shoot the ball well the whole game, Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins said. “JC (Carter) made some shots. I thought Dax shot the ball well in shoot around. I thought he would have a good night. He ended up 5-of-8 but he missed some open shots. They made every open shot it seemed like. They shot the ball well.”

Texas Tech (17-10, 5-9) shot 68 percent from the field in the second half.

Jevon Carter (2) goes up for the layup in the second half of  WVU's 83-74 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Jevon Carter (2) goes up for the layup in the second half of WVU’s 83-74 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

“Personally, I felt like we defended well,” Carter said. “They took tough shots. They are just a good team that can shoot it. We just did what we do and turned them over. That’s how we got out baskets.”

WVU forced 20 turnovers, 13 of which came after halftime. The Mountaineers had 12 steals.

With 2:10 left in regulation, Miles missed two free throws and gave the Red Raiders another chance. Texas Tech scored a couple of quick baskets and put the pressure back on WVU.

Carter missed a free throw and Evans’ jumper pulled the Red Raiders within one.

With 13.4 seconds remaining, Carter made a pair of free throws, giving WVU a 64-61 advantage.

But Evans 3-pointer with five seconds left tied the game.

Carter’s missed jumper at the buzzer forced the extra session.

In the second overtime Carter scored a quick layup in the second overtime and the Mountaineers outscored the Red Raiders 13-4.

Miles’ putback with 1:42 gave WVU a 78-72 edge.

Elijah Macon (45) guards Anthony Livingston (21) in the second half of WVU's 83-74 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Elijah Macon (45) guards Anthony Livingston (21) in the second half of WVU’s 83-74 double overtime win over Texas Tech on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Macon played his best game of the season and had several crucial plays in overtime

“That was the Elijah Macon we kind of all expected to see,” Huggins said. “Seventeen points, 12 rebounds is a good night. The biggest thing is his attitude has been terrific. He listens; he’s trying to do what we ask him to do. He’s been great with (freshman Sagaba Konate) trying to help Sags understand a little better. I can’t say enough good things about Elijah.”

Esa Ahmad’s thunderous one-handed slam got the crowd pumped up and put the Mountaineers in front 6-2 with 17:23 remaining in the first half. But Texas Tech went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-8 lead.

Back-to-back 3s from Stevenson and Ross gave the Red Raiders a 33-28 lead with 50 seconds to go. Carter answered with a 3-pointer, cutting WVU’s deficit to 33-31 at the break.

The Mountaineers shot 42 percent from the floor, 21 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the charity stripe.

Texas Tech shot 48 percent from the field and made 7-of-16 from 3-point range.

WVU will host Texas on Monday at 9 p.m.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

 

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