Dylan Disu, Texas avenge loss to West Virginia in big way


Dylan Disu racked up 27 points, 19 in a dominating first half, as Texas rolled over visiting West Virginia 94-58 on Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 Conference matchup in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (16-8, 5-6 Big 12) put together their most complete first half of the season, building a 27-point advantage just before halftime and cruising to the finish line while leading by as many as 43 points late in the second half.

Texas, wildly inconsistent over the first 10 games of the conference gauntlet, put it all together on Saturday to avenge a loss to the Mountaineers on Jan. 13. The Longhorns had lost three of their past four games overall.

Tyrese Hunter and Max Abmas added 19 points each for the Longhorns, with Chendall Weaver tallying 13 and Dillon Mitchell 12. Abmas had nine assists and six rebounds, and Hunter chipped in seven assists, five boards and two steals.

Jesse Edwards led the Mountaineers (8-15, 3-7) with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Noah Farrakhan added 11 points and eight boards and RaeQuan Battle had 10 points.

West Virginia has dropped four of its past five games and remains winless on the road.

The Longhorns took charge early, breaking away from a 7-7 tie by scoring 11 straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Abmas as the 16:21 mark. Texas pushed its advantage to 32-14 with 9:26 to play in the half and kept pouring it on, leading by 22 points when Mitchell hit a layup off an assist by Hunter with 7:37 remaining.

Texas eventually stoked the margin to 26 points after Abmas poured in a 3-pointer with 3:16 to play before halftime. Another Abmas basket from deep gave the Longhorns a 55-28 lead just before the break.

Disu scored 19 points before halftime to lead all scorers, while Mitchell added 10 for Texas. The Longhorns outshot West Virginia 65.7 percent to 50 percent in the fhalf and made nearly as many shots (23) as the Mountaineers attempted (24).

Edwards led the Mountaineers with 13 points in the first half but West Virginia was doomed by 10 turnovers that Texas converted into 19 points.