MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Even after suffering a loss last Wednesday to Texas, the West Virginia Mountaineers still found a home in the Associated Press top 10 this week.
No.9 WVU (16-3, 5-2) picked up the pieces from the Texas loss when it rallied to beat Texas Tech on Saturday. The Mountaineers trailed by four with 1:10 left when Tarik Phillip scored eight points to carry WVU to an 80-76 victory.
Phillip tallied 20 points and Jaysean Paige had 22 points against the Red Raiders.
It was Phillip and Paige who helped the Mountaineers knock off Kansas State when the two teams met in Manhattan earlier this month.
The 6-foot-3 Phillip came off the bench and scored 14 points on six-of-eight shooting. The 6-foot-2 Paige carried WVU most of the day during the 87-83 double overtime victory.
He scored a game-best 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting. The senior guard grabbed seven rebounds.
Sophomore Jevon Carter is averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 3.2 assists per game. He is shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc.