The Mountaineers weren't great in non-conference play, escaping with an 8-5 record, but they seemed to hit their stride a bit once Big 12 play started, grabbing road wins at TCU and Texas Tech before losing 73-72 at home to Oklahoma State. That set up Monday's game, which figured to be close — Texas's last five meetings with West Virginia had come down to the final possession — but wasn't at any point in the second half.
It marked the first time West Virginia lost by double-figures this season.
In fact, West Virginia's biggest lead came just over three minutes in when Texas trailed 9-6. But the Longhorns were up 41-27 at halftime, the result of a 16-4 run to end the half while holding the Mountaineers to just one field goal over the half's final 7:40.
In the second half, Texas led by as many as 21 points, and held a 20-point edge at 75-55 before West Virginia trapped its way into a 14-5 game-closing run. Still, the score was never within single-digits in the second half, representing one of the easiest road wins the Longhorns have had in recent memory. West Virginia won both games last year, its first in the Big 12, including an overtime win in Austin and a two-point victory in Morgantown.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Longhorns, who shot almost 53 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from the three-point line and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line. Javan Felix (19 points), Cameron Ridley (12 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks), Isaiah Taylor (10 points, eight rebounds, four assists), Martez Walker (10 points) and Jonathan Holmes (nine points, 12 boards) all did their part. So too did Demarcus Holland, who scored seven points and had three assists while running the point at times. Connor Lammert added eight points and six boards from the bench.
Texas out-rebounded West Virginia 49-30 and held the Mountaineers to a 37.7 percent shooting night, including a 4-for-25 performance from three.
Texas (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) is now just three wins away from matching last season's 16-win mark. The Longhorns will find out quite a bit more about their team over the upcoming four-game stretch, at home against Iowa State and Kansas State, on the road at Baylor and then back home against Kansas.
Tip for the Iowa State game is set for 3 p.m.