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West Virginia rallies past Texas in overtime 57-53

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Mountaineers scored 13 straight in final 3:16 of regulation

The West Virginia Mountaineers (8-6/1-1) held off the Texas Longhorns (8-7/0-2) in an overtime thriller for their first Big 12 conference win in school history. The Mountaineers, led by junior center Aaric Murray’s 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, beat the Longhorns in Austin 57-53. It was the second straight overtime loss for Texas, who was led by sophomore Jonathan Holmes with 12 points and 9 boards.

It was a relatively close game early but the Longhorns built a 12-points in the second half, 41-29, with 8:37 left. Texas led 47-37 with 3:16 remaining, but a 13-0 run, starting with a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Kevin Noreen and capped by freshman Eron Harris' 3 with 16 seconds left, gave the Mountaineers a 50-47 lead. After a Javon Felix missed jumper, the Longhorns pounced on the offensive rebound and coach Rick Barnes quickly called a timeout with six seconds left. He drew up a play and Jonathan Holmes buried a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left to force overime.

The extra period spelled defeat for the Longhorns, as they went 1-4 from the floor in overtime. The Mountaineers hit five free throws in overtime, including Murray's icers from the line with six seconds left to push the lead to four.

West Virginia returns home to play No. 18 Kansas State on January 12th, the first time the Mountaineers will face a ranked opponent in Big 12 play.

The Longhorns travel to Iowa State to face the Cyclones on January 12th as they look for their first conference win of the season.

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