Mountaineers Run Away From Missouri in Big 12/SEC Challenge
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia had been 1-5 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge previously, but it improved to 2-5 in that series thanks to a 74-51 thrashing of Missouri Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
WVU (16-3) was cruising along in the first half, leading 20-6 but when its offense suddenly went ice cold over the last eight minutes. The Mountaineers made just one of their last 13 field goal attempts in the period, and a comfortable 14-point lead had shrunk to just one, 24-23, by halftime.
The second half started off in similar fashion as the first, but this time West Virginia didn’t slow down … at least not until its lead had bulged to 22 points. WVU began the half with a 23-2 run over the first seven and a half minutes, and didn’t look back from there. The Tigers (9-10) never got back within 20 after that.
With Saturday’s win, Bob Huggins ties former Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp for seventh place on college basketball’s all-time wins list with 876.
The Mountaineers return to Big 12 action for their next game, as they travel to Texas Tech (12-6/3-3) for a battle at 8 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday with last year’s NCAA runners-up. That showdown in Lubbock will be televised on ESPN+.