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West Virginia's run ends with loss at No. 19 Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm •  Published: February 15, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After nearly two hours of watching Texas score in just about every way possible from all over the court, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins slumped into his seat and put his hand on his chin.

His challenge was to explain how a team that had looked ready to be a force over the second half of the Big 12 schedule could appear so helpless against the 19th-ranked Longhorns in an 88-71 loss Saturday night.

"We couldn't guard. Couldn't, didn't, wouldn't. Something," Huggins said. "You can't let people shoot that well, especially when you're not making shots."

Javan Felix scored 18 points and the Longhorns put five players in double figures. Texas shot nearly 60 percent for the game, outrebounded West Virginia 41-26 and dunked eight times in a romp that kept the Longhorns a game off the lead in the chase for the Big 12 title.

Cameron Ridley scored 17 points and was a force on defense with three of Texas' five blocks, including two in the final minute of the first half. Jonathan Holmes, the Longhorns' leading scorer, had 11 points in his return after missing a game with a knee injury.

Eron Harris scored 21 points for West Virginia (15-11, 7-6), which had surged up the league standings by winning four of five.

"We have to be more resilient," Huggins said. "When things don't go your way, you don't stop playing, you play harder. I said a lot of things (in the locker room), most of which probably ought to stay in there."

Texas (20-5, 9-3) reached 20 wins for the 14th time in 16 seasons under coach Rick Barnes. This might have been the most significant, though, considering the Longhorns' dramatic turnaround from last season's 16-18 finish that left Texas out of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years.

And by beating West Virginia, the Longhorns stayed just a game behind conference leader Kansas, with games against Iowa State and the Jayhawks next week.

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