Texas Tech trotted off the floor as West Virginia coach Bob Huggins continued to bark at the officials at the end of the Red Raiders and Mountaineers Big 12 opener.
But Huggins protests didn’t result in any more time being added to the clock and No. 11 Texas Tech grasped a 62-59 victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Guard Jarrett Culver scored 18 points, all in the second half, and guard Davide Moretti nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 2:09 remaining to put the Red Raiders in the lead for good.
In edging the Mountaineers (8-5), the Red Raiders left Morgantown with a win for the first time in seven tries.
Culver took the ball just to the right of the top of the arc, then dropped the ball off for an open Moretti, who sunk the straight on trey.
Moretti finished with 12 points and 3 steals.
Texas Tech (12-1) scored the first 11 points of the second half sparked by Moretti’s 4-point play coming out of the break.
Matt Mooney, who scored 14 points, capped the run with a jumper that put the Red Raiders ahead 31-22 with 16:21 left.
Huggins attempted to argue West Virginia back into the contest and it worked to some extent. The Mountaineers shot 32 free throws as Texas Tech forwards Tariq Owens and Norense Odiase and guard Kyler Edwards all fouled out.
But the West Virginia coach’s griping couldn’t make up for poor guard play. Neither Mountaineers starting guard Chase Harler nor Jordan McCabe scored in the contest and five West Virginia guards combined for 14 points and 2 assists.
Meanwhile, Red Raiders starting guards Culver, Moretti and Mooney combined for 44 points and 3 assists.
Texas Tech won despite shooting 38.2 percent from the field.
Culver and Moretti combined to make 5 of 6 free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal the victory.