Matt Coleman III scored 17 points, including six in the final three minutes, as host Texas outlasted Big 12 Conference foe West Virginia 61-54 on Saturday in Austin, Texas.
Texas led just 51-50 with 4:44 left after two free throws by the Mountaineers’ James Bolden. The Longhorns got an offensive rebound and a tip-in from Kerwin Roach II on their next possession to push their advantage to 53-50.
A free throw by Coleman with 2:50 to play added to Texas’ lead but was immediately answered by a putback dunk by West Virginia’s Derek Culver.
The Longhorns’ Jaxson Hayes scored on an alley-oop dunk of his own off a feed from Coleman to re-establish a four-point advantage, 56-52, and Texas was never challenged again as Coleman poured in a 3-pointer with 1:09 left and then finished off West Virginia with two free throws with 34 seconds remaining.
The victory was the fifth in the past six games for the Longhorns (10-4, 2-0 in Big 12), who have won their first two games in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Dylan Osetkowski added 14 points for Texas, and Elijah Mitrou-Long scored 11. The Longhorns also had a season-high seven blocked shots.
Culver, a highly-touted freshman recruit who was playing in just his fourth game after missing 10 games due to a suspension for violating team rules, led the Mountaineers with 17 points.
Bolden added 13 points, all in the second half, and Esa Ahmad scored 10 for West Virginia (8-6, 0-2 in Big 12), which has lost two straight games and three of its last five, including a three-point loss at home to Texas Tech in both teams’ conference opener on Wednesday.
Texas got nine points from Coleman in the first half and led 32-26 after outshooting the Mountaineers 57.1 percent to 41.7 percent over the first 20 minutes.
Texas sophomore forward Jericho Sims missed Saturday’s game with a right ankle injury sustained during practice on Friday.
—Field Level Media