It took No.12 West Virginia about five minutes to show up for Monday's late night contest against Texas, but it was well worth the wait for the roughly 10,000 Mountaineers fans in attendance.
At the 15:28 mark of the first half Texas had completely outplayed West Virginia and led the Mountaineers 12-2. It looked like the story was trending toward another disappointing home effort for the Mountaineers, but after the sluggish start head coach Bob Huggins made some adjustments to his line-up and Lamont West entered the contest. As a result, the game's entire trajectory changed. West Virginia got out of its offensive funk after Nathan Adrian hit a three-pointer and the Mountaineers showed their first signs of life, but still trailed 17-10.
Shortly afterwards Maciej Bender made his presence felt on the defensive end of the court and recorded two huge blocks. On the offensive end, Lamont West and Jevon Carter were just warming up. West earned a four point play and quickly followed it up with a quick three to tie the game at 17 a piece, earning some momentum for West Virginia and bringing the Coliseum crowd to its feet. That was just the beginning of a 15-0 Mountaineer run that saw West and Carter make a number of shots and lasted nearly five minutes.
Texas finally stopped the bleeding with a made free throw but West almost immediately knocked down a two more three-pointers and pushed the run out to 21-3, giving the Mountaineers their first double digit lead of the game at 31-20 with a little over seven minutes remaining in the half. West continued his impressive play from the outside, scoring 20 first half points on 5-7 shooting from behind the arc and leading West Virginia to a 46-32 lead at the break.
But a home crowd that normally would have been raucous was extremely subdued after seeing head coach Bob Huggins collapse during a timeout with a little over 3:00 to play in the first half. While it was certainly a tense moment, Huggins quickly got up and returned to his stool after receiving a hug from Nate Adrian.
The second half saw more of the same and even though Texas got the lead down to 11 at one point with a late 9-0 run, but the Mountaineers put on an offensive clinic for the majority of the second half. While West only hit one three in the final 20 minutes, Carter remained red hot and was a thorn in the Longhorns side all night. Carter had possibly his best all-around game of the season, registering 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on the night. The effort marked the fourth time Carter has gone over 20 points on the season and the first time in his career he has registered back-to-back 20 point performances.
West ended his night with six three pointers and a career high 23 points and Jarrett Allen led Texas with 17 points and six boards. While Texas made a push late, it was never truly was a threat to win the game. West Virginia will have the rest of the week off before heading to Fort Worth to take on a much improved TCU team on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.