No. 10 WVU manhandles Texas Tech on senior night
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Senior Jaysean Paige and sophomore Daxter Miles Jr. each scored 15 points and No. 10 West Virginia closed out its home regular season on senior night Wednesday by trouncing Texas Tech, 90-68.
Paige was honored pregame with fellow seniors Jonathan Holton and Richard Romeo III. Paige connected on 7 of 15 field goals, grabbed five rebounds and had five assists.
A sixth man, Paige was averaging a team-leading 14.3 points per game heading into this Big 12 game. No reserve has ever led the Mountaineers in scoring.
Miles broke a slump which had seen him score just a total of 14 points in his last four games. He missed two games with a bad hamstring during the midst of the slump. Holton grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The victory for the Mountaineers (23-7, 12-5) keeps them in sole possession of second place in the Big 12 with a game to go at No. 19 Baylor on Saturday. No. 6 Oklahoma swept WVU this year and owns a tiebreaker if needed. The Sooners are 11-6 in the league and will visit TCU to close the season.
Justin Gray's 15 points and Aaron Ross' 14 led the Red Raiders (18-11, 8-9).
WVU's 12 conference wins represent its most ever in the Big 12, which it joined in 2012. Tech's eight league wins are its most since 2006-07. Its 18 overall wins are the most since 2010.
The Mountaineers scored 12 straight points and led 36-22 with 2:41 to go in the first half. They finished the half ahead 41-26.
Tech shot 55 percent from the field, but WVU forced nine turnovers and outrebounded the visitors by 14. The Mountaineers were 12-0 on the offensive board.
West Virginia's biggest lead came with 4:52 to go at 82-55.
Texas Tech made only three baskets during nearly seven minutes of the second half.
The Mountaineers enjoyed a 34-7 advantage in points off 19 Red Raider turnovers.