Jones' 3 Lifts No. 4 Texas Over No. 14 West Virginia 72-70
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.: Andrew Jones hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift No. 4 Texas to a 72-70 victory over No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday.
Jones took a pass from Courtney Ramey and hit an uncontested shot from the right corner after West Virginia’s Emmitt Matthews missed two free throws with 11 seconds left.
Ramey scored 19 points for Texas (10-1, 4-0 Big 12), which trailed for most of the game and had to come from nine points down in the second half. Jones finished with 16 points, Matt Coleman had 13 and freshman Greg Brown had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Texas scored the final seven points of the game and avenged last year’s 38-point loss at West Virginia, which the fifth-worst loss in program history and the worst under coach Shaka Smart.
Taz Sherman scored 17 points, Sean McNeil added 14 points and Derek Culver had his seventh double-double of the season, with 14 points and 16 rebounds, for the Mountaineers (9-4, 2-3).
West Virginia was poised to add to a 54-45 lead midway through the second half, then Texas got tough on defense.
Coleman blocked Sherman’s layup attempt at the rim. Culver, trying to fight through a pair of defenders, missed another layup on the Mountaineers’ next possession. Kai Jones then blocked another Culver layup attempt and Jones scored at the other end of the court as part of an 8-0 run that tied the score at 57 with 8:36 left.
But the Longhorns never retook the lead until the final seconds.
Texas: The Longhorns’ guards seemed to be a step quicker to the basket. When the Mountaineers tightened their defense, Texas hit the long jumper. Texas went 12 of 23 (52%) from the floor after halftime.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers became the first team to score 40 points in the first half against Texas this season. It was a reversal of fortunes for West Virginia after terrible starts in their two previous games. But it was the second half Saturday where West Virginia struggled this time, making just 10 of 34 field goals (29%).
The Longhorns should maintain their ranking after a 2-0 week. West Virginia will likely fall further away from the top 10.
Texas hosts No. 18 Texas Tech on Wednesday.
West Virginia plays at No. 2 Baylor on Tuesday.
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