The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

January 7, 2014

WVU beats Texas Tech in overtime

Mountaineers see lead slip away, but come back for win

LUBBOCK, Texas — Juwan Staten scored 25 points and dished out five assists to help boost West Virginia to an 89-86 overtime win against Texas Tech Monday night.

Eron Harris added 18 points and Terry Henderson scored 16 for the Mountaineers (10-5, 2-0 Big 12).

Jordan Tolbert led the Red Raiders with 18 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:36 left in overtime.

Toddrick Gotcher added 17 points and five assists, Jaye Crockett scored 15 points and Dusty Hannahs added 14 for Texas Tech (8-7, 0-2).

The Red Raiders faced an 11-point deficit early in the second half, but Hannahs and Crockett came alive to regain the Red Raiders first lead since the opening minutes. Tech led 77-74 in the final minute of regulation, but Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to force overtime.  

Crockett missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced a second overtime.

Texas Tech got out to an early 5-0 lead, but Terry Henderson 3-pointer with 16:39 left in the first half gave West Virginia the lead, which it kept for the next 32 minutes until Crockett hit a jumper to tie it 68-68 with 3:55 left in regulation.

Hannahs started a 7-point run of his own with a 3-pointer with 15:00 left in regulation. He went on to score 10 of his points in a 3-minute span, helping Texas Tech pull within 53-50 with 12:27 to go.

The Red Raiders finally closed off their 11-point deficit and took a lead of their own, 70-68, on a Crockett layup with 2:55 remaining, but then saw the lead change four times in the final three minutes of regulation.

Crockett found Tolbert for an alley-oop layup to make it 75-74 with 55 seconds left in regulation. Robert Turner hit on both free throw attempts with 26 seconds left to extend the lead to 77-74.

WEST VIRGINIA (10-5)

Staten 10-12 5-8 25, Williams 4-7 4-7 12, Harris 7-15 1-1 18,  Henderson 6-12 0-0 16, Noreen 2-3 0-0 4, Dibo 1-1 0-0 2,  Adrian 1-3 0-0 2, Browne 1-3 2-4 5, Watkins 2-5 1-2 5, Romeo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-61 13-22 89.

TEXAS TECH (8-7)

Kravic 3-5 2-2 8, Turner 1-7 3-4 5, Gotcher 6-10 2-4 17,  Crockett 5-7 3-3 15, Tolbert 6-12 6-7 18, Onwuasor 0-0 0-0 0,  Hannahs 4-9 4-4 14, Mays 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 0-0 0-0 0, Ross 1-4 0-0 3,  Williams, Jr. 2-6 0-0 4, Foster 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 28-60 22-26 86.

Halftime—West Virginia 39-33. End Of Regulation—Tied 77. 3-Point  Goals—West Virginia 8-19 (Henderson 4-6, Harris 3-11, Browne 1-1, Adrian  0-1), Texas Tech 8-21 (Gotcher 3-4, Crockett 2-4, Hannahs 2-6, Ross 1-2,  Tolbert 0-1, Williams, Jr. 0-2, Turner 0-2). Fouled Out—Adrian, Tolbert.  Rebounds—West Virginia 26 (Watkins 8), Texas Tech 35 (Tolbert 12).  Assists—West Virginia 15 (Staten 5), Texas Tech 17 (Turner 7). Total  Fouls—West Virginia 26, Texas Tech 23. Technical—Staten. A—NA.

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