LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Joe Toussaint scored 14 of his 22 second-half points, Seth Wilson hit a career-high five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points and West Virginia defeated Texas Tech 76-61 on Wednesday night, the Reds in the eighth consecutive defeats for the Raiders.
Erik Stevenson scored 16 points and clinched 10 rebounds — the first double-double of his fifth-year senior guard career — for West Virginia (12-8, 2-6 Big 12).
West Virginia missed its first six shots and had four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game as Texas Tech took an 8-0 lead. Kevin Obanor scored the first six and then was fouled while throwing in Two-handed dunk and hit the and-1 free throw before Jaylon Tyson made a layup to give the Red Raiders a 15-5 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Mountaineers’ coach, Bob Huggins, replaced his entire starting XI, and West Virginia’s game improved. Stevenson made four straight free throws, including two on a technical foul, for a 22-21 lead, and Tre Mitchell’s 3-pointer made it 33-28 at halftime.
Obanor led Texas Tech (10-10, 0-8) with 20 points and eight rebounds. De’Vion Harmon added 14. Pop Isaacs – who came into play this season averaging 12.1 points and a team-high 15.8 in conference play – left the game early in the second half with an apparent ankle injury. The 6-foot-2 freshman got up for a 3-point shot (which missed) and appeared to suffer a right ankle injury when he fell on the defender’s foot. He stayed on the pitch for a few minutes before being helped off the ground without being charged. He returned to the bench later in the game with a hiking boot on his right foot.
Texas Tech is 1-9 this season against Power 5 teams. The Red Raiders defeated Louisville 70-38 at the Maui Invitational in November.
West Virginia’s Kedrian Johnson, who had 20 points in each of his previous two games, was also wearing street gear after falling on the court in the second half. He was limited to four points in 15 minutes.
Wilson benched a 3-pointer and then, after missing a 3 from the right wing, chased a loose-ball rebound down the far side of the floor, saving him from going wide as he crashed onto the bench and fed it to Stevenson for a triple. Toussaint stole the ball from Texas Tech’s Elijah Fisher about 20 seconds later and then missed from behind the arc, but Wilson again grabbed an offensive rebound and this time found James Okonkwo in the paint, completing through contact and converting the three-point play West Virginia nearly leads nine minutes before the end with 55:47.
Tyson responded with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later, but Stevenson hit a jumper and Toussaint hit two pairs of free throws in a 6-0 dash that extended the lead to 61-50 with six minutes left and never again threatened the Red Raiders.
West Virginia shot just 37% (19 of 51) from the field and committed 19 turnovers — one just below its season high — but hit 10 3-pointers and had a season-best 28 free throws on 35 attempts with 28 free throws.
The teams were called for a total of 48 fouls and attempted a total of 58 free throws.
West Virginia returns home against No. 15 Auburn in Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge
Texas Tech is playing a Big 12/SEC Challenge game at LSU on Saturday
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