Mountaineers Edge Longhorns
MORGANTOWN – Deniz Kilcli scored 14 points, including a key, conventional three-point play down the stretch, in leading West Virginia to a season sweep of Texas on Monday night at the WVU Coliseum, 60-58.
The Mountaineers (11-11 overall, 3-5 Big 12) also received 14 points from Jabarie Hinds as they won their second in a row after a loss to No. 1/2 Kansas last Monday.
West Virginia went on a big run in the first half after trailing 15-8 with 8:39 left. Sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Terry Henderson and five points from from fellow freshman Eron Harris, the Mountaineers scored 22 of the game’s next 30 and wound up taking a 32-25 lead in the locker room. Keaton Miles also hit a jumper and a free-throw during the spurt.
Texas (10-12, 2-7), which had trailed by as much as 11 in the second half, came back and tied it at 47-47 with 7:17 to play on a Javan Felix jumper, setting the stage for another close finish between these two clubs. Felix then hit a pair of free throws to give pair of free throws to give the Longhorns a short-lived lead.
It was 55-54 in favor of WVU when Kilicli, who wound up playing 34 minutes, was fouled by Ioannis Papapetrou after making a jumper.
He gave WVU at four-point lead with 3:55 left and the Mountaineers were able to hang on down the stretch as the Longhorns failed to make a field goal during the game’s final 4:38. From that point, they were 0-for-5 from beyond the arc, 0-for-2 from inside it, and 3 of 8 from the free-throw line.
Harris, the team’s leading scorer in four its five previous games, added 13 points for WVU.
West Virginia center Aaric Murray saw his streak of games where he scored double figures end at three. He had just one point, though his eight rebounds gave him 28 in his last four games.
One game after shooting a season-best 56.5 percent from the field against Texas Tech, the Mountaineers hit 18 of 39 field goals (46.2 percent). Their season average of .401 is 311th-worst in the country.
Sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan, Texas’ leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, tied Felix for team-best with 12 points.
Papapetrou and Julien Lewis each added 10 points for the Longhorns. Papapetrou hit a pair of 3-pointers and has at least one in each of his last seven games.
It was the 21st game in the Big 12 this season decided by 11 points or less.
WVU won the first game between these clubs in Austin, 57-53, in overtime.