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Mountaineers put up a battle, upset No. 25 Texas, 76-73

With its again towards a wall, West Virginia got here out with a bout of toughness Saturday night time it had but to indicate all season.

The heroes have been many and the person moments have been essential on an evening when the Mountaineers upset No. 25 Texas 76-73 contained in the Coliseum.

“We wanted that win for positive,” level guard Kerr Kriisa mentioned after scoring 14 factors. “We actually mentally wanted that win to indicate for ourselves and for the folks of West Virginia, too.
“I’m simply completely happy that we confirmed what we will do. If all people stays on the identical web page, this ought to be the expectation right here.”

Behind some defensive maneuverings that got here after WVU had given up so many factors across the rim in losses towards Houston and Kansas State, WVU (6-10, 1-2 Massive 12) picked up its first signature win of the season, in addition to it first victory towards a prime 25 crew.

“A tough-fought victory, you understand, I feel it was a buy-in for us defensively, some adjustments schematically was most likely the important thing,” WVU head coach Josh Eilert mentioned. “Our guys did a heck of job the final couple of days and made these adjustments and locked in on it. It had rather a lot to do with popping out with a victory tonight.”

These adjustments noticed WVU pack their gamers into the paint, virtually daring Texas (12-4, 1-2) to take something apart from long-range photographs.

The Longhorns started to hit these late, particularly guard Max Abmas. He completed with seven of the Longhorns’ 9 3-pointers and scored 32 factors.
But Texas was taking part in from behind over the ultimate quarter-hour of the sport.
And nearly all people on the WVU roster contributed in some vogue.
Pat Suemnick scored a career-high 16 factors and added six rebounds and RaeQuan Battle had 14 factors.
His greatest play was a blocking Abmas’ lay-up try on the rim that preserved 65-60 benefit with 2:05 left within the recreation.

There have been so many different key stats. WVU guard Noah Farrakhan, perhaps the smallest man on the court docket, gave WVU seven rebounds.
Quinn Slazinski has been coping with some confidence issues, but he completed robust down the stretch with 10 of his 13 factors coming within the second half.
Akok Akok nailed an enormous 3-pointer and the Mountaineers pressured a season-high 22 turnovers, whereas holding their very own on the glass with a 32-31 rebounding benefit.
“They got here out and actually set the tone early with bodily play,” Texas head coach Rodney Terry mentioned. “We didn’t worth caring for the ball early within the recreation.”
Texas nonetheless managed 28 factors within the paint, a far cry from what WVU allowed towards Houston and Kansas State, and the Longhorns did handle to shoot 45.3% (24 of 53), however WVU by no means backed down and by no means let the tempo of the sport to get out of hand.
“It’s form of the type the (Massive 12) performs,” Eilert mentioned. “I advised them the common margin of victory (within the Massive 12) is six and the winners are scoring 71. I used to be like, ‘Guys, we’re giving up 85 factors a recreation after two video games.’

“On the finish of the day, on this league, you must grasp your hat on protection. The chemistry and the adjustments we made on protection might be the explanation we gained.”

Observe
WVU added freshman guard Aden Tagaloa-Nelson to the official roster on Saturday.
Tagaloa-Nelson is from Lexington, Ky., and doubles as a reserve security on the WVU soccer crew.
He appeared in a single recreation this season,
towards Duquesne.
He performed highschool basketball at Woodford County Excessive, the place he helped his college attain the ultimate 16 of the Kentucky state match.
He turns into the primary WVU soccer participant to affix the hoops roster since former quarterback Jarrett Brown performed in 13 video games in the course of the 2007-08 season.

Field rating
West Virginia 76, No. 25 Texas 73
TEXAS (12-4)
Cunningham 0-2 2-2 2, Disu 7-12 2-3 18, Mitchell 4-7 0-0 8, Abmas 9-17 7-8 32, Hunter 2-6 0-0 4, Weaver 1-2 3-6 5, Horton 0-3 0-0 0, Onyema 1-3 2-2 4, Shedrick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 16-21 73.
WEST VIRGINIA (6-10)
Harris 1-1 0-0 2, Suemnick 5-7 6-12 16, Battle 5-11 4-4 14, Okay.Johnson 1-2 3-4 5, Kriisa 4-10 2-2 14, Farrakhan 1-8 3-4 5, Slazinski 2-4 7-10 13, Akok 2-3 2-3 7, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Naveh 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 21-47 27-41 76.
Halftime—West Virginia 30-28. 3-Level Targets—Texas 9-22 (Abmas 7-13, Disu 2-4, Cunningham 0-1, Horton 0-1, Weaver 0-1, Hunter 0-2), West Virginia 7-17 (Kriisa 4-8, Slazinski 2-3, Akok 1-2, Wilson 0-1, Battle 0-3). Fouled Out—Cunningham, Disu. Rebounds—Texas 31 (Onyema 8), West Virginia 31 (Farrakhan 7). Assists—Texas 7 (Abmas 3), West Virginia 11 (Okay.Johnson 3). Whole Fouls—Texas 28, West Virginia 15. A—11,565 (14,000).