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West Virginia no match for Texas

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West Virginia guard Chase Harler (14) and forward Andrew Gordon (12) fail to block Texas forward Jericho Sims (20) from a slam dunk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Hudson)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Courtney Ramey tied a career-high with 19 points as Texas made light work of West Virginia for a 75-53 win on Saturday night.

The Longhorns (14-10, 6-5 Big 12) dominated just about every facet of the game to pick up their third win in the last four games. Texas made nine 3-pointers in the rout and outrebounded the Mountaineers, 42-34.

Kerwin Roach II added 14 points for the Longhorns. Dylan Osetkowski nabbed 10 rebounds.

Esa Ahmad led West Virginia (10-14, 2-9) with 14 points. Derek Culver chipped in with seven points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

After both teams opened up the game with poor shooting, Texas found a way to heat up first as Roach made a couple of 3-pointers to give the Longhorns an eight-point lead five minutes into the game. West Virginia pulled within one with a little over 10 minutes left in the half. Ramey hit three 3-pointers as the half drew to a close, and the Longhorns went into the locker room with a 34-28 lead.

Texas would open up the second half on a 17-7 run, and WVU would not recover.

The Mountaineers’ poor shooting has plagued them over the last two weeks. Saturday’s loss marked the seventh double-digit loss of the season and their first double-digit loss at home since Feb. 20, 2016, a 76-62 loss to Buddy Hield-led Oklahoma.

West Virginia will have a week off before heading to No. 13 Kansas on Feb. 16.