Shannon scores 23, No. 18 Texas Tech beats West Virginia | Wire Ap

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Terrence Shannon scored a season-high 23 points with a go-ahead three-pointer and the No. 18 Texas Tech went undefeated at home with a 78-65 win over West Virginia. Saturday.

After West Virginia took its only second-half 3-point lead from Taz Sherman with 6:21 remaining, Shannon’s three-point play on possession that followed put the Red Raiders ahead 56-54 . This lay-up on foul was part of Shannon making his last four field goal attempts, including consecutive 3-pointers that extended the margin to 65-56, and a slam dunk with 1:12 remaining. after the last from West Virginia. 17 turnover.

It was the 1,300th college game coached by Bob Huggins, who is in his 40th season overall and 16th at West Virginia, his alma mater. He is 323-176 with the Mountaineers (13-5, 2-4 Big 12), who have lost three straight games — all to Top 25 opponents.

Kevin Obanor added 18 points and Bryson Williams had 13 for Texas Tech (15-4, 5-2), making it 12-0 at home.

Sherman led West Virginia with 21 points. Malik Curry added 11 before becoming one of four climbers to foul out of the game.

There were 50 fouls called in the game, 30 against the Mountaineers. Texas Tech made 25 free throws.

The game was only tied once in the second half, and the only time the Mountaineers took the lead after the break was when Sherman scored six points in 34 seconds, on a three-game points before following a missed 3 from Shannon when his shot went from beyond the arc for a 54-53 lead.


West Virginia: The Mountaineers completed their third game against the top 25 teams in eight days, starting with a loss at Kansas the previous Saturday before a home loss to Baylor. … Only five college coaches have more games under their belt than Huggins, whose tally includes 97 games at the NAIA Walsh school in his first coaching job, before going to Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and West Virginia. He has 913 wins in total.

Texas Tech: Shannon made just his second start and played his third game since missing six straight games in a month with a persistent back problem. The standout junior forward was also sidelined from the first three games of the season in a review of eligibility rules tied to Shannon going through the NBA draft process last summer before deciding to go back to school.


Texas Tech could climb into the Top 25 for the third week in a row when the new poll comes out Monday. The Red Raiders have finished 25th for four straight weeks and then moved up in each of the past two weeks.


West Virginia: Home against Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Texas Tech: At No. 7 Kansas on Monday night, 16 days after beating the Jayhawks 75-67 at home.


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