Carr’s strong 2nd half lifts No. 7 Texas over West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Marcus Carr scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half to lead No. 7 Texas to a 69-61 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.

Dylan Disu added 13 points before fouling out, while Christian Bishop and Tyrese Hunter scored 11 apiece for the Longhorns (16-3, 5-2 Big 12), who bounced back from a double-digit loss at No. 12 Iowa State on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers (11-8, 1-6) had several players in early foul trouble and couldn’t match the energy of a win over No. 14 TCU on Wednesday.

Kedrian Johnson had a career-high 22 points for West Virginia after scoring 20 against the Horned Frogs. But his teammates fell flat in the second half against the Longhorns.

Disu put the Longhorns ahead to stay on a baseline jumper and Bishop’s dunk extended the lead to 58-52 with 5:15 remaining.

Johnson, who went 7 of 11 from the line over the final eight minutes, made three after getting fouled on a 3-point try, pulling the Mountaineers within 63-61 with 2:39 left. But West Virginia didn’t score again.

Texas made 12 of its final 15 free throws, including five by Carr.

BIG PICTURE

Texas: The Longhorns limited their turnovers after halftime after committing nine in the first half. They’ve now won eight of the teams’ last 10 meetings.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers have lost six of seven, and getting to the NCAA tournament won’t be easy. West Virginia is scheduled to play ranked opponents in eight of its 12 remaining regular-season games.

UP NEXT

Texas hosts Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

West Virginia plays at Texas Tech on Wednesday.

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