On Saturday afternoon against No. 13 Texas, the West Virginia men’s basketball team did it once again. Down 19 in the second half, the Mountaineers rallied for a comeback win in Austin, Texas.
They are really the cardiac kids.
West Virginia has faced five double-digit deficits and won those games despite trailing. Four out of the five comebacks came in the second half.
Opponent / Time Remaining / Deficit
- Western Kentucky / 15:37 in 2H / 10
- North Texas / 0:44 in 1H / 10
- Oklahoma State / 11:15 in 2H / 19
- Texas Tech / 7:13 in 2H / 12
- Texas / 18:22 in 2H / 19
With all of these comebacks, you would think the players recall to these games as motivation if they’re down in games?
“Not really, I just think it’s something in our West Virginia culture,” WVU guard Deuce McBride said after the win over Texas. “The DNA here is just to never quit, never give up no matter how much you get down.”
McBride has been a key player in particularly the Texas Tech and Oklahoma State games. The sophomore guard scored 19 points in the second halves of both of the games against the Red Raiders and the Cowboys.
McBride sent Texas Tech back to Lubbock with this game-winner.
The Mountaineers’ most recent comeback was led by Sean McNeil. McNeil, who was in foul trouble for the whole first half, came out of the gates in the second half firing away. The former JUCO player scored 16 points in the second half, shooting 5-of-7 from the field. McNeil made 3-threes in the important stages of the comeback against the Longhorns.
“We made shots,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “Sean (McNeil) came in and hit some big shots for us, Taz (Sherman) hit some big shots, Deuce (McBride) hit some shots. I think we did a much, much better job at limiting them to one shot instead of giving them three or four like we did at times.”
Hopefully, for the WVU fans, this is the last time that the Mountaineers have to come back down big. If not, it’ll be a long, exciting month of basketball left for the Mountaineer faithful!