WVU basketball: Texas blown out at Coliseum

MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 15: Sagaba Konate
MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 15: Sagaba Konate /

The WVU basketball team got back on track in a big way with a huge win against Texas at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers earned an 86-51 win against the Longhorns to snap a two-game losing streak. West Virginia led by 10 points at halftime and struggled mightily in the first few minutes. But it didn’t take long for the Mountaineers to make some adjustments and rally against the Longhorns.

This was nothing but a blowout victory and something the WVU basketball team desperately needed. Jevon Carter paced the offense, which finally clicked on all cylinders in the second half, with 22 points. Sagaba Konate also had another solid all-around game as he added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Daxter Miles had his best game in a while as he added 15 points but the biggest turnaround came from James Bolden. He scored 19 points and knocked down five 3-pointers. This was a game which showcased the Mountaineers’ depth, something the Longhorns didn’t have in this outing. The Mountaineers were able to wear down Texas and dominate this game.

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West Virginia forced 15 turnovers and scored 22 points off those Texas miscues. The Longhorns actually created five steals and the Mountaineers only had four. But, it wasn’t so much the inability of West Virginia to get the steals as it was the solid, collectively pressure the Mountaineers applied all game.

The offense ran incredibly well, too, with Carter dishing out eight assists. Esa Ahmad failed to record double figures for the first time since since his return, but he was solid with eight points and seven rebounds.

The momentum is officially back on the WVU basketball team’s side this season. Winning the game in this fashion is exactly what was needed to give some confidence back to the players who had two games slip away from them against good teams in Kansas and Tech.

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The Mountaineers will face another tough test this week against TCU. After facing the Horned Frogs, the WVU basketball team will be back in Morgantown to play Kentucky on Saturday.