MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Javan Felix caught fire and scored Texas’ final nine points as the Longhorns defeated No. 6 West Virginia 56-49 on a snowy Wednesday night.
During the final three minutes, Felix had a one-hand follow-up shot, made two free throws, drained a 3-pointer and made two more free throws.
The 5-foot-11 senior guard scored 17 points, connecting on 2 of 3 from beyond the arc for the Longhorns (12-6, 4-2 Big 12).
“It’s amazing how much your attitude not only affects your performance, but also your outlook on things,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “You see this coming and I’ve done this for a long, long, long, long time and I don’t know how to stop it.”
Poor free throw shooting proved costly for the Mountaineers. WVU started the game 1 of 9 from the foul line.
“Over the years when I didn’t think our guys were ready to play there were two glaring things – missing easy shots and missing free throws,” Huggins said. “We weren’t ready to play. We had a horrible practice yesterday to the point where I just told them to get out.”
The Mountaineers were fourth in the country in scoring, averaging 84.2 points per game coming into Wednesday’s matchup with the Longhorns.
But neither Texas nor WVU shot well.
The Mountaineers shot 31 percent from the field. WVU made 3 of 21 from beyond the arc and 8 of 23 from the free throw line.
The Longhorns shot 39 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range and made 18 of 30 from the line.
The Mountaineers outrebounded Texas 49-33. WVU grabbed 24 offensive boards.
The Mountaineers will try and snap its two game losing streak when it travels to Lubbock on Saturday to take on Texas Tech.