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Marcus Carr drives No. 17 Texas past West Virginia

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Jan 1, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Jalen Bridges (11) and guard Malik Curry (10) battle for the loose ball along with Texas Longhorns forward Timmy Allen (0) during the first half at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Jalen Bridges (11) and guard Malik Curry (10) battle for the loose ball along with Texas Longhorns forward Timmy Allen (0) during the first half at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Carr scored a season-high 20 points to lead a balanced attack as 17th-ranked Texas swamped visiting West Virginia 74-59 on Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) used a decisive run in the first half to build a big lead. They did not allow West Virginia to get back in the game.

Texas was up by 19 at intermission, by as many as 28 seven minutes into the second half and easily held on to beat the Mountaineers. West Virginia was challenged to make shots with leading scorer Taz Sherman among three players out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

Courtney Ramey hit for a season-best 15 points and Andrew Jones added 14 for Texas, which has won five straight games. The Longhorns are 10-0 at home and improved to 11-0 this year when holding its opponent below 60 points.

Texas entered the game leading Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 51.3 points per game.

Jalen Bridges led West Virginia with a season high-tying 18 points. Malik Curry added 14 and Sean McNeil scored 12 for the Mountaineers (11-2, 0-1), who had an eight-game winning streak snapped.

West Virginia had a season-worst 21 turnovers in the loss. The Mountaineers also played without Gabe Osabuohien and Kobe Johnson because of COVID-19 protocol.

The Longhorns never trailed in the game, but it was tied at 14 after a basket by West Virginia’s Isaiah Cottrell with 10:10 to play in the first half. Texas then reeled off 18 of the ensuing 20 points – with five different players scoring for the Longhorns during the surge – to assume a 32-16 lead.

Ramey scored 13 points in the half, which was one shy of his season high for a game.

The Longhorns’ defense stifled West Virginia in the first half, allowing only 20 points as the Mountaineers shot just 8 of 25 from the floor (32 percent) and committed 12 turnovers.

–Field Level Media