Red Raiders fall in double-overtime to #9 West Virginia
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 22:38
That would not be the case on his second shot, however, and the teams headed to a second overtime when Keenan Evan's shot came up short just as time expired. With no shots falling, Carter made four free throws in regulation to keep the Raiders from claiming another scalp; all six points scored in the first overtime period came via free throws from Carter, Tarik Phillip, and Elijah Macon.
The revenge factor was one that played dividends in West Virginia's victory over Kansas State, but it is yet to be seen whether it will play into Saturday's contest against a Texas Tech team that has yet to win a conference match-up on the road. "I pray to my mom everyday, like 'Let's go out and have a breakout game, ' because I know what I can do". "I tried to take advantage of it this game".
But Evans couldn't top the Mountaineers (21-6, 9-5) by himself. It marked Texas Tech's first double overtime game since a 90-87 loss to Ole Miss during the quarterfinals of the 2010 NIT.
Press Virginia still leads the nation by forcing 21.8 turnovers per game, though it has backed off at times to avoid foul trouble.
"He's a fearless player".
Behind 61-55 at the 2:44 mark, Evans brought the Red Raiders back to one possession on back-to-back driving layups to make it 61-59 with 30 seconds left.
"(The 1-3-1) kept them guessing a little bit", Huggins said after the game. "I thought Niem settled".
NOTES: The Red Raiders entered Saturday committing the 19th-fewest turnovers nationally (10.8 per game).
Aaron Ross put up 10 points as Zach Smith and Anthony Livingston added eight and seven respectively.
The Red Raiders committed 13 of their 20 turnovers after halftime, nearly negating 68 percent second-half shooting. It should be noted that Tech did not have a single turnover in either overtime.
"That's their identity, Beard said". This win has to give them a small sense of relief.
"For portions of the game we did a pretty good job battling, but it's a 50 minute game", Beard said. "Our blocking out during the overtimes just wasn't good enough".
West Virginia finished shooting 41.5 percent from the floor and 20.8 percent from the perimeter. They outscored Texas Tech 13-4-the first eight points coming on layups and dunks and the next five on free throws-and escaped with a 83-74 win. No. 12 West Virginia hopes those types of performances become more common, especially with Monday's matchup looming against Texas freshman phenom Jarrett Allen. "We had some guys make some plays". We're not consistent enough, and we're not tough enough yet to get these wins. I just told the guys that the game wasn't out of reach. We'll stay the course, that's all we can do. "That's all we can do".
"That was the Elijah Macon we kind of all expected to see", head coach Bob Huggins said. He tacked on four assists and four rebounds over a career-best 45 minutes of court time.
Then comes a unsafe march to the end, first playing at TCU against an improved team under new coach Jamie Dixon.
Unlike a debilitating loss at No. 3 Kansas on Monday, West Virginia got the momentum back eventually with some help from Texas Tech, which went scoreless for more than 4 minutes spanning both overtimes. The Mountaineers attacked and got second chances with their effort on the boards.