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West Virginia rallies past Texas Tech

| Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, 4:27 p.m.
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West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr. goes to the basket against Texas Tech's Toddrick Gotcher during the first half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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West Virginia's Devin Williams dunks during the first half against Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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West Virginia's Jaysean Paige has his shot blocked by Texas Tech's Justin Gray during the first half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
West Virginia's Jonathan Holton tires to block a pass by Texas Tech's Keenan Evans during the first half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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West Virginia's Jaysean Paige is fouled by Texas Tech's Matthew Temple on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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West Virginia's Jaysean Paige is unable to get his shot off during the game against Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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Texas Tech's Justin Gray grabs a loose ball against West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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The West Virginia bench reacts late in a game against Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
Texas Tech forward Zach Smith blocks a shot by West Virginia forward Elijah Macon in the second half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
West Virginia guard Jaysean Paige dunks in the second half against Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
West Virginia guard Tarik Phillip, upset about a call, points during the second half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins protests a call by the referees during the second half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
A West Virginia staff member tries to restrain an emotional West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins after beating Texas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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West Virginia's Devin Williams has his shot blocked by Texas Tech's Aaron Ross on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
Texas Tech's Zach Smith looks to inbound the ball under pressure of West Virginia's Johathan Holton during the first half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
West Virginia forward Elijah Macon and Texas Tech forward Zach Smith scramble for possession of the ball in the second half Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas.
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LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 23: The West Virginia Mountaineers celebrate after the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on January 23, 2016 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. West Virginia won the game 80-76. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

LUBBOCK, Texas — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is glad he has a good bench when his starters get in foul trouble or are having a tough game.

“That's the good thing about this team, you know?” Huggins said. “Devin (Williams) gets in foul trouble, and Elijah (Macon) answers the bell. J.C. (Jevon Carter) gets in foul trouble, Tarik (Phillip) plays well. Jaysean (Paige) hadn't been playing very well, and he played pretty well today.”

Phillip scored West Virginia's final eight points, and the sixth-ranked Mountaineers ended the game on a 10-2 run to rally for an 80-76 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak.

“That shows you how resilient we can be,” Phillip said. “We knew this was a must-win for us. We had to leave everything on the floor.”

The Red Raiders (12-6, 2-5 Big 12) were up 76-72 with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining when Phillip hit a 3-pointer, converted a layup and a free throw off a steal and scored the Mountaineers' final points on a dunk just before the buzzer.

Phillip finished with 20 points, Paige 22 and Jonathan Holton 13 to lead the Mountaineers (16-3, 5-2).

There were 12 lead changes, the last when Patrick took over in the last minute.

Zach Smith scored a career-high 18 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 12 for Texas Tech.

“They did what they had to do to win the game,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “Unfortunately, we didn't. It's a tough loss for us. Just a hard-fought game. I thought our kids played hard today.”

West Virginia scored 23 points off 17 Red Raiders turnovers, and the Mountaineers received 43 points from their bench.

“That's the problem with this league. There's too many good players on every team, and there's too many good coaches,” Huggins said. “You can't outsmart anybody. The guys that make shots and the teams that play the best that day win.”

The Red Raiders led for most of the second half. They missed just two of 34 free throws.

But the Mountaineers got 3-pointers when they needed them, hitting on 8 of 19 attempts.

Texas Tech put together a 13-3 run — including consecutive three-point plays from Smith and C.J. Williamson — to grab a 43-40 halftime lead.

Williams fouled out late in the game with just five points.

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