At The Buzzer: Texas 61, Texas Tech 52

Ross Houston
March 10, 2017

Jevon Carter scored 21 points to power 11 -ranked West Virginia to a 63-53 victory over 10 -seeded Texas in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship played here at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Carter had a game-high 21 points and made 5 of 8 3-point attempts, including perhaps the biggest shot of the game to push back a Texas charge in the second half.

"We can't throw it to them", Huggins said before the opening tip.

Andrew Jones had 13 points for the Longhorns, who matched a school record with their 22nd loss.

The Mountaineers forced 14 turnovers and had six steals while out rebounding the Longhorns (11-22) 42-39. "That obviously comes from coach Huggins and his staff and the players they recruit, and I think for us it's about turning the page quickly from this game, and as Snoop said, letting our hair down and being aggressive and playing with nothing to lose". In fact, Texas would even move closer by drawing to within four points, but the Macon basket stopped a run of seven straight missed shots.

West Virginia ended the first half on a 12-3 run and didn't allow a field goal for nine consecutive minutes from the 7:05 mark of the first half until 18:05 of the second half.

WVU advances to a 9:15 p.m. semifinal today against Baylor/Kansas State.

The Mountaineers advanced to the semifinals and will square off against face the victor of the Baylor/ Kansas State game on Friday. "We didn't get it done in the final a year ago, and there's no sense in playing if you're not playing to win". "Didn't shoot it very well from the line". Texas Tech is 1-1 in neutral site games this season and 6-12 in the Big 12. "Didn't make layups. But they've been a good group because they want to win".

West Virginia has not won a conference tournament title since 2010, when the Mountaineers were still in the Big East. It was the 24th time in 32 games they led by double digits.

Except for a few brief moments in the first half, the Mountaineers led for nearly the entire game behind the stellar outside shooting of Carter, who made seven of 12 overall and five of eight from 3. "We were ready to get back out on the court". Over the course of the game there was a cumulative effect. Roach had 13 points and went 2 for 4 from 3-point range. His pretty feed down in the blocks to Elijah Macon led to a basket and then he came up with the basketball along the sideline near the WVU bench and he fed Carter for a straightaway 3 at the top of the key. Carter, an All-Big 12 Second Team choice, also leads the team in scoring (12.9 points) and assists (four).

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