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West Virginia thumps Texas Tech 77-58

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17th-ranked Mountaineers force 26 turnovers in home victory

Devin Williams scored 18 points and No. 17 West Virginia forced 26 turnovers in a 77-58 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

Daxter Miles Jr. put up 12 points, Juwan Staten had 11 and Gary Browne scored 10 for the rugged Mountaineers.

Texas Tech senior Robert Turner scored 18 points in the first half, but was silenced in the second.

West Virginia forced 26 turnovers and had 10 steals.  The Mountaineers also made 33 points off of turnovers and shot 48.1percent from the field.

The red-hot Mountaineers have won three straight and are tied for with Iowa State for second place in the Big 12.

The struggling Red Raiders came into the game fresh off an 81-36 blowout loss at Oklahoma on Jan. 28, but they were only down 6 points at the half thanks in large part to Turner’s 18 points.

By utilizing their bench depth, WVU created scoring opportunities for various players and four different Mountaineers made 3-point shots. West Virginia made 9 of 22 from beyond the arc. 

Turnovers were the story of the game, however. The Red Raiders starting back court of Devaugntah Williams, Randy Onwuasor and Robert Turner committed 11 combined turnovers, and the bench duo of Keenan Evans and Toddrick Gotcher combined for five.

"We were overwhelmed by West Virginia’s pressure. We had 26 turnovers," said Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith. "We really didn’t do what we worked on as far as taking care of the basketball. You can’t really simulate how aggressive and how physical West Virginia is, so it was a long day."

The Mountaineers swept the season series with the Red Raiders with the win today. West Virginia has now won 11 of its last 13 games.

The Mountaineers will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners on Feb. 3 at 8pm.

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