The West Virginia Mountaineers saw another late lead disappear against a conference foe on Saturday as Texas Tech’s Kennan Evans hit a knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to force the first of two overtimes in Morgantown.
Jevon Carter and Elijah Macon led the way for the Mountaineers. Carter had a team-high 24 points and seven rebounds, and Elijah Macon turned in his second career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds after taking over in the two overtime periods.
The first half saw the Red Raiders take a 33-31 lead into the locker room, led by Niem Stevenson who had 17 points in the first 20 minutes for Texas Tech. The Mountaineers would return in the second half and dial up the pressure, forcing 13 second half turnovers, and retook the lead around with the 12 minutes remaining in regulation.
But as this team has done numerous times this season, the Mountaineers began to fall flat around the 6:00 mark and allowed the Red Raiders to shoot their way back into the game. West Virginia finished out the final 5:40 of regulation without a made field goal, and wouldn’t make another until the beginning of the second overtime when they took over and managed to put Texas Tech away to close out the game.
The Mountaineers will host the Texas Longhorns in Morgantown on Monday. That game is scheduled to tipoff at 9:00PM EST on ESPN.