MEN’S BASKETBALL: Texas now 2-0 in Big 12 after win at WVU

Published 10:33 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019

AUSTIN (AP) — Matt Coleman scored 17 points, Dylan Osetkowski had 14, and both made critical plays down the stretch, helping Texas defeat West Virginia 61-54 Saturday night.

Coleman, with the shot clock about to expire, hit a step-back 3-pointer from the right corner to give Texas a 59-54 lead with 1:03 left.

Then Osetkowski blocked a shot inside by Wesley Harris.

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Eli Mitrou-Long added 10 points for Texas (10-4, 2-0 Big 12).

Derek Culver led West Virginia (8-6, 0-2) with 17 points. James Bolden scored all 13 of his points in the second half.

Texas Tech 63, Kansas State 57
LUBBOCK (AP) — Davide Moretti made a handful of big offensive plays at opportune times, including a big personal run, to spark No. 11 Texas Tech in a matchup of two great defensive teams.

Moretti scored a career-high 19 points and Matt Mooney added 14 to give the Red Raiders enough of an edge to hold off Kansas State 63-57 on Saturday.

“We needed some grit to beat a Kansas State team that wasn’t going to go away, and Davide delivered,” Tech coach Chris Beard said. “I thought we showed some grit. We hung in there and gave ourselves a chance.”

Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12), which trailed 14-0 less than 7 minutes into the game, erased most of a 34-19 halftime deficit. The Wildcats were within 43-42 when Barry Brown knocked down a long 3-pointer with 6:55 left in the game.

But Texas Tech (13-1, 2-0) found some offensive rhythm to pull away, with Moretti scoring 10 points in a row for the Red Raiders. He hit a 3-pointer before Brown’s shot, and then scored the game’s next seven points after that. That included another 3 as Tech pushed to a 50-42 lead.

Arkansas 73, Texas A&M 71
COLLEGE STATION (AP) — The fourth time proved the charm for Arkansas opening Southeastern Conference play at Texas A&M.

Jalen Harris scored 15 points and Desi Sills added 14 as Arkansas held on for a 73-71 victory at A&M in the teams’ Southeastern Conference opener on Saturday. The Razorbacks (10-3, 1-0 SEC) won for the first time in four tries in SEC openers at A&M (6-6, 0-1) over seven seasons.

“It just seems like this is an annual deal,” said Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, who has expressed his displeasure with the league office for the unbalanced slate. “But this was a game for the fans – it went down to the wire.”

The teams traded leads for much of the second half before Arkansas heated up from long range. Mason Jones, Isaiah Joe and then Jones again coolly drained three-pointers on three consecutive possessions starting with about 5 minutes left in the game.

The last lifted Arkansas to a 62-59 lead with 4:11 remaining, and the Razorbacks added to it with another 3-pointer from Jones with 3:23 left. That gave Arkansas an insurmountable 65-59 lead.

Texas A&M’s TJ Starks led all scorers with 23 points to tie a career high, and Savion Flagg snagged a game-high 15 rebounds.

TCU 85, Baylor 81
FORT WORTH (AP) — TCU appeared to easily be on its way to winning a Big 12 opener for the first time.

The Horned Frogs had a 19-point lead after halftime, the shots were coming easily and Baylor couldn’t find a way to put together a run.

While that changed late, TCU held on to start 1-0 in the Big 12 for the first time in its seven seasons as a league member, winning 85-81 on Saturday when Alex Robinson made two free throws and JD Miller another one after Baylor had pulled within one with 18 seconds.

Desmond Bane scored 22 points while Robinson had 18 points and 10 assists for TCU (12-1), which got its ninth win in a row behind 57-percent shooting, including 65 percent in the second half. Miller had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Tristan Clark scored 18 points to lead four Baylor players in double figures. The Bears (8-5) also got 17 from reserve Matthew Mayer, and Makai Mason and Mark Vital added 15 and 11, respectively. Mason had an open 3-point try to tie the game with eight seconds left that came up short.