RECAP: Tech #18 knocks WVU out of 13

LUBBOCK, Texas – Terrence Shannon, Jr. scored a season-high 23 points and Kevin Obanor added 18 more as No. 18 Texas Tech pulled out in the second half for a 78-65 win over West Virginia on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena.

The Red Raiders (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) improved to 12-0 at home this season and ended a two-game losing streak against the Mountaineers (13-5, 2-4 Big 12) by outclassing them 42-31 in the second half and 30-16 in the racket. Tech, who is 4-0 at home in the Big 12 with wins over Kansas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and now WVU, earned its victory by 13 points after taking a 36-point lead -34 at halftime.

“Any time you play against a team coached by Bob Huggins, you know you’re going to fight,” the Texas Tech head coach said. Mark Adams who saw his team possess a 39-29 rebounding advantage and commit just nine turnovers. “We called it a war and told our guys to be ready for a war in the paint. They’re just a tough, resilient team that’s always in a game. They just keep fighting and we knew we We had to do it too. We won the match, but we are tired and happy to have succeeded. It was a big victory for us.”

Texas Tech returns to action against No. 7 Kansas in an ESPN Big Monday game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Red Raiders went 75-67 in Game 1 against the Jayhawks on Jan. 8 in Lubbock.

Shannon hit a season-high 23 points shooting 7-for-12 from the field with three 3-pointers and going 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He had missed seven games with injury before returning to play against Kansas State and Iowa State, scoring two points at KSU and four in the win over ISU before leaving for his 23 on Saturday against WVU with 13 second-half points.

“It felt good,” Shannon said. “I won’t say I’m back. I’m still finding my rhythm. I feel like I did a better job at this game. Someone said West Virginia was tough, and they said it was tough. were. I feel like we did a good job of responding in the second half and we got the win.”

Obanor continued his solid game in the Big 12 game by scoring eight of his 18 points in the second half and also adding four rebounds. He had just scored 15 points in the win over Iowa State and also had 17 against Oklahoma State. His 18 points are a new Big 12 high for him and came with him 6 for 12 from the field and 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Bryson Williams gave Tech three double-digit players in the game with 13 points, while Davion Warren and Kevin McCullar scored seven points apiece from the starting lineup. McCullar appeared in his eighth game of the season with four or more assists while leading the team with four to make and five rebounds. Shannon also had five rebounds, while Weapons of Adonis and Warren led the team with six rebounds apiece.

Shannon was just one point away from equaling his 24-year career high that he had as a freshman at DePaul. He has now scored in double figures in six of nine games this season and 42 in his career. Shannon now leads Tech in scoring 12.8 ppg with Williams at 12.6 ppg. with seven straight double-digit games after also scoring 16 points in the midweek win over Iowa State.

The Red Raiders finished the game shooting 40.7 percent from the field despite going just 5-for-20 from 3-point range with three from Shannon and two from Williams. TTU had a 17-8 advantage in offensive rebounds against WVU with Obanor, McCullar and Warren having three each. Defensively, Tech also limited WVU to 40.4 percent shooting and 5 for 15 on 3-pointers. Taz Sherman led the Mountaineers with 21 points but committed six of the team’s 17 turnovers. Malik Curry added 11 and Jalen Bridges scored eight in the loss.

The Red Raiders took a 36-34 halftime lead with Obanor and Shannon leading with 10 points each while Williams added eight. Tech finished the first half with 44.0 percent from the field and was just 2 of 8 on 3-point range and 12 of 18 from the free throw line. WVU was also limited to just 2 of 8 from 3-point range and shooting 44.4 percent from the field led by Sherman who had 13 points at half range for the Mountaineers. TTU, who led by eight with 2:42 left in the half after a pair of free throws from Shannon, had a 16-6 advantage in the paint after 20 minutes and had just six turnovers before the second half. -time.

KEY MOMENTS
Second part

  • Warren scored Tech’s first points in the second half with a steal and a quick layup for a 38-34 lead
  • Tech took a 42-36 lead with Warren hitting a jumper four minutes into the second half… Held to two points in the first half, Warren scored four of Tech’s first six points to start the second half time.
  • Obanor gave Tech a 46-40 lead with a tough inside shot with 13:45 on the clock…Obanor had 16 points after the basket
  • WVU went 5-0 to make it 46-45 until Batcho bagged it from the free throw line to give Tech the 48-45 lead… A 3-pointer from Johnson tied the game at 48 with 9:41 remaining.
  • Tech responded with a 5-0 run with Santos-Silva hitting free throws to give them a 53-48 lead with eight minutes left… WVU stopped the run with a Sherman field goal (6:55) and a pitch franc
  • WVU took a 54-53 lead over a 3-point Sherman (6:21) before a Shannon layup and free throw gave Tech a 56-54 lead with six remaining
  • Tech took a 59-54 lead with a 6-0 run before Carrigan stopped the run and made it a three-pointer…Shannon responded at the other end, hitting his second 3-pointer and giving Tech a 62-56 lead with 4:01 on the clock
  • Shannon hit his second straight 3-pointer and third of the game to give Tech a 65-56 lead with 3:16 remaining…WVU would hit two free throws on the other end of McNeil to make it a seven-point game with three minutes left
  • McCullar pushed Tech’s lead to 72-64 with a pair of free throws with 1:29 left before having a defensive steal that led to a Shannon dunk and a 10-point lead.

First half

  • WVU won the tip but didn’t score on their opening possession… The Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead with Bridges hitting a 3-pointer on their second trip down
  • Warren scored Tech’s first field goal with a layup (17:21) to cut WVU’s lead to 5-3…Williams had hit a free throw for the game’s first point.
  • Arms tied the game at 7-7 with a quick layup on an assist from Nadolny with 15:39 on the clock
  • Shannon gave Tech a 14-9 lead with a 3-pointer and then a layup with 13:22 in a 7-0 run that started with a pair of free throws from Obanor.
  • Tech led 17-16 with Shannon hitting a mid-range jumper with nine minutes before halftime…Shannon had eight points after the shot and was 3 of 4 from the field
  • Obanor gave Tech a 26-21 lead and a 7-0 run with 4:35 on the clock… The basket gave Obanor 10 points to be the first Red Raider to hit double digits in the game.
  • Williams hit a pair of free throws to give Tech a 36-34 lead with a minute until halftime after WVU tied the game at 34-all… The Mountaineers had their last possession of the first half. -time but would not score with Williams blocking a shot

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