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West Virginia dumps struggling Texas Tech

Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Williams contributed 18 points with eight rebounds in 17th-ranked West Virginia's 77-58 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

Daxter Miles Jr. chipped in with 12 points and Juwan Staten scored 11 with five assists for the Mountaineers (18-3, 6-2 Big 12), who have won three straight and four of their last five.

"Devin and Juwan are two guys who spend an enormous time in the gym," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "Then, they can get on the other guys when they're not doing what they are supposed to do."

Robert Turner supplied 18 points for the Red Raiders (11-11, 1-8), while Aaron Ross and Isaiah Manderson went for 13 and 10, respectively, off the bench in the loss.

Texas Tech, which was manhandled by Oklahoma on Wednesday, has dropped eight of its last nine.

"We were overwhelmed by West Virginia's pressure," Red Raiders coach Tubby Smith said. "We had 26 turnovers. We really didn't do what we worked on as far as taking care of the basketball."

The Mountaineers opened up a 9-2 lead to begin the game, but Texas Tech worked its way back midway through the half.

After Manderson's dunk cut the Red Raiders deficit to 17-14, West Virginia ran off 13 straight to take control.

Texas Tech did not back down, however, answering with a 14-4 burst as Turner's three-point play made it a six-point spread and it trailed 37-31 at halftime.

The Mountaineers locked down on defense out of the break and regained a comfortable advantage once again. Williams scored the first five points of the half, then Miles capped what turned into a 16-2 run with a layup that stretched the margin to 53-33.

West Virginia limited the Red Raiders to 38.1 percent shooting in the second half and had no problem closing out its struggling opponent.

Game Notes

West Virginia is 7-1 against Texas Tech in the series ... The Mountaineers made 48.1 percent of their shots, including 40.9 percent from beyond the arc ... The Red Raiders return home to play Kansas State Wednesday, while West Virginia travels to Oklahoma on Tuesday.