West Virginia beats Texas Tech 87-81

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Terry Henderson followed up one of his worst performances with perhaps his best.

The sophomore scored 20 of his career-high 28 points in the second half to lead West Virginia to an 87-81 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

"I played with confidence. That was the main thing," Henderson said. "I came ready to play. I knew that we needed this win and I did everything I could to help our team."

Henderson bounced back from a 2-point outing in a loss Saturday at Kansas State, topping the 23 points he scored against Michigan last year.

West Virginia (11-8, 3-3 Big 12) needed Henderson's effort because Texas Tech's Dusty Hannahs scored a career-high 25 points, making 7 of 7 3-pointers.

Henderson said Hannahs told him during the game that the teams were going to have a shootout, and they did.

"He's gotten a lot better since last year," Henderson said. "When guys are shooting like that, you always want to match them and stuff like that but it's hard to do when you have to stay focused and run the offense."

Hannahs returned the compliment about Henderson.

"He's a great shooter who caught fire and I guess I caught fire, too," Hannahs said. "They won and that's all that matters."

West Virginia's Juwan Staten added 16 points, Eron Harris had 15 and Nathan Adrian scored 10.

Texas Tech also got 16 points from Jaye Crockett, 15 from Toddrick Gotcher and 13 from Robert Turner.

Texas Tech (10-9, 2-4) trimmed a 10-point deficit to 85-81 on three free throws by Turner with 30 seconds left, but the Red Raiders didn't score again.

Texas Tech saw its two-game winning streak snapped. The Red Raiders were going for back-to-back road wins for the first time since January 2005.

Henderson saw to it that wouldn't happen.

He finished 10 of 13 from the field against Texas Tech, including 5-6 from three-point range.

"I try to get in a 'zone' in warmups while I'm shooting my routine shots and translate that to the game," Henderson said. "That allows me to go out there with confidence and stay in attack mode."

Texas Tech is familiar with Henderson. He tied their previous meeting on Jan. 6 with a late 3-pointer and the Mountaineers eventually won in overtime.

"Terry Henderson had a great game for them and Dusty Hannahs played well for us," said Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith. "We just did not have enough firepower. West Virginia deserved to win. They did a better job defensively."

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