West Virginia Jumps To Double-Digit Lead At Half, Rolls To 90-68 Win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Texas Tech entered as hot as any team in the Big 12. It left West Virginia with as surprising a lopsided a loss as it has suffered this season.

WVU used its prototypical formula, getting 27 extra shots while forcing 19 turnovers in the blowout win over the Red Raiders. That led to four players in double figures, including 15 points apiece from Daxter Miles and Jaysean Paige and 13 each from Nathan Adrian and Tarik Phillip. Head coach Bob Hugggins, above, speaks to the effort, and the unselfishness of his team as it racked up 22 assist on 34 field goals. Huggins also detailed his press, which turned Tech from a team that typically protects the ball into a turnover machine. The 19 miscues led to 34 points off turnovers, the most in Big 12 play for the No. 10 Mountaineers (223-7, 12-5), which remained in second place in the conference heading into the regular season finale' at Baylor on Saturday.

The turnovers, combined with an inability to compete with WVU on the glass was a blitzkreig from which Tubby Smith's Texas Tech team never recovered. Smith, below, talks about the execution against the press, and what he expected to see in the second series game from his team as opposed to what transpired. Smith also talks about the relentlessness of the pressure, and how Huggins gets his players to buy into the system and execute it at a high level even going nine-deep, as the Mountaineers did in this game depite playing no individual more than 25 minutes. 

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