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West Virginia 57, Texas 53

AUSTIN, Texas – West Virginia overcame a double-digit road deficit here Wedneseday night at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center as the Mountaineers knocked off host Texas, 57-53, in overtime.

Eron Harris gave WVU a 50-47 lead late in the contest when he hit a 3-point hoop from the corner, but Longhorn Jonathan Holmes canned a trey at the other end to force overtime.

In the extra session, the Mountaineers used a 7-3 advantage to win their first Big 12 road game.

Aaric Murray led WVU with a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards off the bench. He added a game-high four steals.

Jabarie Hinds had 11 in the victory for WVU, which improved to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12. Kevin Noreen pulled down a game-high 13 caroms while Gary Brown and Deniz Kilicli combined for 17 points in the victory.

Texas (8-7, 0-2) was led by Holmes’ dozen points while Javan Felix tossed in 11.

Marshall 79, Tulsa 61

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Elijah Pittman scored 19 points to lead three Marshall players in double figures as the Thundering Herd stormed by Tulsa 79-61 in their Conference USA opener.

D.D. Scarver and DeAndre Kane backed Pittman with 16 points each, with Kane adding seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. Dennis Tinnon added six points and 11 rebounds for Marshall (8-8).

Pittman hit a layup for a 7-6 lead about 4 minutes into the game, and Marshall scored the next 17 points for a 24-6 lead. Tulsa missed 12 field goals during the 8-plus minute run.

Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard scored 12 points each for Tulsa (9-7, 1-1), and Kauri Black had five of the Golden Hurricane’s 15 steals.

Tulsa forced 20 turnovers, but were clobbered on the boards, 47-32, and shot just 36.5 percent (23 of 63) from the floor. Marshall made 45 percent (27 of 60) of its shots.

Ohio 86, Buffalo 68

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – D.J. Cooper scored 21 points and Reggie Keely added 19 to help Ohio beat Buffalo 86-68 Wednesday night in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.

Cooper made 7 of 9 shots from the field, including a season-high five 3-pointers, and dished out seven assists for Ohio, which is averaging 25 assists over its last five games.

Keely, who hit 6 of 10 shot attempts, converted a season-high seven free throws. His shot from the stripe with 1:52 left in the first half gave Ohio (10-5, 1-0) a 48-31 advantage and Cooper hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to give the Bobcats a 53-31 lead at the break.

Ohio extended its lead to 64-36 on another trey from Cooper.

The Bobcats shot 50.8 percent (32 of 63) from the field and hit 9 of 18 3-point attempts.

Javon McCrea and Jarryn Skeete scored 13 apiece for Buffalo (5-10, 0-1).

WOMEN

West Virginia 53, Texas 49

MORGANTOWN – Senior Ayana Dunning and junior Christal Caldwell combined for 35 points in the West Virginia women’s basketball team’s 53-49 victory over Texas for its first Big 12 Conference win Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

“It is finally good to get a win,”said WVU head coach Mike Carey. “Again we didn’t play well, but well enough to get the win. Now we have to build on that.”

The Mountaineers (9-5, 1-2) led by only one with 35 seconds remaining as Empress Davenport converted both free throws to make it a nail-biter.

The Longhorns (7-7, 0-3) fouled three times to buy time in an effort to steal the ball and get a final possession, but when Brooke Hampton went to the line for the 1-and-1, the junior guard converted 1-of-2 to give the Mountaineers a two-point lead at 51-49 and 25 seconds to play.

UT’s Imani McGee-Stafford went up for a close-on shot that clanked off the rim and into the hands of Averee Fields, who was able to come down with the rebound, get it up to Taylor Palmer, who was fouled and converted both attempts from the charity stripe to seal the league victory.

West Virginia came out of halftime with a 26-20 lead. But Texas got back into the game with an 11-2 run, leaving WVU facing a five-point deficit, 41-36, until Caldwell hit a jumper, followed by a three to tie the game at 41 with 6:59 remaining. Dunning tacked on a jumper of her own to give WVU a two-point lead before a Cokie Reed layup tied the game at 43 with 4:11 left. WVU then used its hunger for the Big 12 win to hold onto the lead until the end.

Dunning led all players with a season-best 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals, while Caldwell chipped in 16 points, including a pair of threes, five rebounds and two steals.

The Mountaineers were outrebounded 46-39, with Texas’ McGee-Stafford pulling down a game-leading 13 boards. Davenport led the Longhorns with 14 points.

The Mountaineer women take to the road Sarurday as they face Kansas State in Manhattan at 4 p.m.