West Virginia came to Texas on a roll, surging upward in the Big 12 as perhaps the most dangerous team to play over the second half of the conference season. The Mountaineers ran into a Longhorns team that has been the surprise of the season and just now seems to be hitting its stride on both ends of the court. Javan Felix scored 18 points and No. 19 Texas used another impressive offensive effort to roll to an 88-71 victory Saturday night, a win that kept the Longhorns within a game of Kansas for the Big 12 lead. Five players scored in double figures for Texas (20-5, 9-3), which dominated the Mountaineers with 58 percent shooting and a 41-26 edge in rebounding. Cameron Ridley scored 17 points and was a force on defense with three of Texas' five blocks, two in the final minute of the first half. "It's one of the best games we've had moving the ball," said Longhorns guard Demarcus Holland, who had 11 points and a team-high seven assists as point guard Isaiah Taylor played just 25 minutes with foul trouble. Jonathan Holmes, the Longhorns' leading scorer, scored 11 in his return after missing a game with a knee injury. Eron Harris scored 21 points for West Virginia (15-11, 7-6), which had surged up the league standings by winning four of five. Texas reached 20 wins for the 14th time in 16 seasons under coach Rick Barnes. This time might be the most significant, though, considering the Longhorns' dramatic turnaround from last season's 16-18 finish that left Texas out of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years. And by beating West Virginia, they stayed just a game behind conference leader Kansas, with games against Iowa State and the Jayhawks next week. "We're all playing for each other," Ridley said. "We're playing for a Big 12 championship. Everybody on the team has the same goal, which is to win games, not anything selfish."
Texas drops West Virginia, 88-71, to pick up 20th win of season
Dallas Morning News | Feb 16