Jan. 26, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Eron Harris during the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Oklahoma State won 80-66. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo J. Adams-USA TODAY Sports

WVU Hoops Get Back to Winning Behind Strong Shooting

Maybe homework by Huggins was exactly the motivational plan the Mountaineers needed as they broke through for a Big XII road victory over Texas Tech.

WVU came into the game, dissheveled and looking for answers for their recent struggles. Coach Huggins had asked his players to come up with essays to document how each player could help the Mountaineers improve.

Apparently Gary Browne and Terry Henderson wrote about three point shooting. The pair of guards shot a combined 6 of 7 from the three poing arc, helping the Mountaineers to 55.6% shooting from three.

Erron Harris must have penned that he needed to up his scoring. Harris led the Mountaineers in scoring with 18 points in 36 minutes of play.

West Virginia came out of the gate shooting the ball exceptionally well, making 50% of their shots in the first half. The Mountaineers could have built a huge lead in the first half had they not commited so many turnovers in the first half. Even with the slew of turnovers, the Mountaineers were still able to carry a 34-31 lead into halftime.

WVU did a much better job of handling the ball in the second half. The Mountaineers locked up their ball security as well as improved their shooting in the second half. Unbelievably, the Mountaineers improved upon their 50% first half shooting to shoot 65% from the field in the second half.

West Virginia outgunned the Red Raiders down the stretch to seal a 77-61 victory. The win improved WVU’s record to 10-11.

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