The No. 13 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers kicked off an ill-advised six day, three game road trip through Texas with a late comeback win over No. 12 Texas, 84-82.
West Virginia found themselves down 15-8 and already in foul trouble at the first media timeout of the game, as Texas continued to heat up.
Down 24-14 with 13 minutes left in the half, the combo of Deuce McBride and Taz Sherman combined for an 8-0 run to close the lead to two points. The Longhorns would answer and extend their lead back to nine points, but the Mountaineers continued to fight from behind.
After six minutes of back-and-forth action, Sherman knocked down another three to close the lead to two points once again. On the other end of the court, Jordan McCabe rebounded a missed layup by Courtney Ramey but immediately gave the ball back to Texas with an errant pass. Ramey would knock down a three to swing the momentum back in the Longhorns’ favor, giving them a 44-39 lead with just over three minutes remaining.
Texas would close out the half with two separate 5-0 runs to take a 53-43 lead into the half.
The Longhorns scored nine unanswered points to begin the second half, extending their lead to its largest of the day at 19, before a Derek Culver dunk would create a spark for the Mountaineer offense.
Sean McNeil knocked down a pair of threes with 14:51 left in the game to cut Texas’ lead to single digits, but the Longhorns answered with back-to-back threes from Ramey and Matt Coleman to extend the lead back to 15.
The Mountaineers would go right back to chipping away at the lead with a three from Jalen Bridges and two jumpers from McNeil, followed moments later by another three from McBride to cut the lead to four points.
With 6:29 left in the game, McBride knocked down a three to tie the game at 76-76. That would be the last field goal made by West Virginia, but the Mountaineers would go 8-of-9 from the charity stripe down the stretch to hold off the Longhorns.
Miles McBride led the Mountaineers with 17 points, 4 assists. Sean McNeil finished with 16 points. Derek Culver, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Taz Sherman scored 14 points each, with Matthews leading West Virginia with seven rebounds.
West Virginia continues their six-day tour through Texas on Tuesday, when they’ll take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. That game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00PM ET on ESPN2.