In MORGANTOWN, the No. 11 Texas Tech earned its first-ever win at West Virginia with a 62-59 victory over the Mountaineers in its Big 12 opener on Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum.
The Red Raiders (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) were 0-6 all-time in Morgantown coming into the game and was limited to 20 points in the first half before making a comeback and earning the win over the Mountaineers (8-5, 0-1 Big 12).
Jarrett Culver scored all of his team-leading 18 points in the second half after shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. Davide Moretti added 12 points, including a 3-pointer to give the Red Raiders a 55-54 lead with 2:09 remaining before Culver made a jumper and four free throws to secure the road victory to open conference play.
West Virginia led 22-14 with 3:33 remaining in the first half before the Red Raiders went on a 17-0 run that spanned nearly seven minutes and with the Red Raiders leading 31-22. The game would tighten and was at 37-31 on a dunk by Culver before WVU regained the lead at 44-43 on a Lamont West 3-pointer with eight minutes remaining. The lead was exchanged four times before Moretti drilled a 3-pointer to give the Red Raiders the one-point lead that would only grow with Culver’s jumper, four free throws and then one more free throw by Moretti with three seconds remaining to leave Morgantown with a three-point lead.
The Red Raiders return to action against Kansas State at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena before also hosting Oklahoma at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. TTU is currently 8-0 at home this season after going 8-1 in Big 12 play last season on its home court.