Texas Dominates WVU In Big 12 Tourney

West Virginia's very, very slim chances at an NCAA tournament bid were quickly crushed by Texas in the second round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

The six-seed Mountaineers were blown out by the three-seed Longhorns 66-49 in Kansas City. WVU (17-15) will now await its fate in postseason play – likely the NIT. Texas (23-9) continues on in the Big 12 tournament and plays for improved seeding in the NCAA tournament on Friday.

The Mountaineers will find their fate on Sunday following the NCAA tournament selection.

Less than a week since its 92-point performance against Kansas, the Mountaineers shot just 30.3 percent (20-of-66) from the field and only hit 6-of-20 3-point attempts - all those coming in the final 16 minutes of the game. Texas couldn't miss. The Longhorns hit 48.9 percent (22-of-45) of their shots and 7-of-17 threes.

Coming into the game, West Virginia had scored no less than 27 points in any half this year. It was the fewest points scored in a game by the Mountaineers since Feb. 22, 2012 - their sixth-lowest scoring total under head coach Bob Huggins. It was the worst shooting percentage recorded by WVU this season.

With 11:45 to play, all-Big 12 first-team guard Juwan Staten, who had winced in the first half with apparent back pain, rolled his ankle and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return to the game but did come back to the bench. He finished with just four points – by far his worst performance of the season.

Sophomore guard Eron Harris had a disastrous game, as well. He didn't score until about the 5:30 mark of the second half when he hit a three. Harris fouled out just seconds after those points. Fellow sophomore guard Terry Henderson didn't start or play much of a factor in the game until the closing moments, finishing with eight points.

The Mountaineers' leading scorer was reserve forward Brandon Watkins who had 10 points.

Texas was led by forward Jonathan Holmes with 20 points on 7-of-8 scoring. Guard Javan Felix finished with 16 points, as well.

The Mountaineers have lost to Texas in all three meetings this season. The Longhorns' size and 2-3 zone have limited WVU each time. What may disappoint West Virginia the most on Thursday was that the size of Texas' big men didn't prove to be its biggest problem. The Mountaineers were only out-rebounded by five and held UT to 22 points in the paint.

WVU started off as cold as can be – missing its first six shots of the game and going down 12-0. That forced the Mountaineers to call an early timeout before the first T.V. timeout occurred.

It would only get worse for West Virginia. It would miss its next 11 shots until it called another timeout a few minutes after its first. Watkins would score another bucket – the Mountaineers' second of the game – to make it 17-4.

WVU started 2-of-21 from the field before a starter scored a point, as freshman forward Devin Williams hit a hook shot in the lane. Staten picked Texas' pocket on the next possession and scored a layup to make it 21-8.

West Virginia would head into the locker room at halftime down by 21 points at 35-14. WVU was just 6-of-33 from the field and 0-of-8 from 3-point range. Texas, on the other hand, hit 50 percent of its shots and four threes.

West Virginia's starters had five points combined in the first half. Reserve forward Kevin Noreen had a team-high five points. Three Texas players had more than him after 20 minutes – and two were already in double figures.

West Virginia started the second half a bit better on offensive but still couldn't stop Texas from scoring. Junior forward Remi Dibo would hit two straight jumpers to make it 37-18, however the Longhorns would score nine of the next 10 points in the game to extend their lead to 27 points.

Adrian would hit the Mountaineers' first three of the game with 15:30 to play. Yet, West Virginia just didn't have the answers to compete with the Longhorns on Thursday night.

With Staten out due to injury, the Mountaineers would just cost to a disappointing defeat, as Texas continued to shoot the lights out.

Dibo fouled out with 4:32 to play after scoring four points.

Texas had a 15-to-3 advantage in free-throws made.

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