Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry needed a convincing win at home at the Moody Center in Austin on Feb. 10 to avenge their loss last month in Big 12 play against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
It was big for the Longhorns to get a win over West Virginia not only to avenge the tough road loss in Morgantown earlier this season but also to right the ship in Big 12 play on home court. Before this game, Texas had lost four of five games in conference play at the friendly confines of the Moody Center in Austin.
Dylan Disu's first-half scoring outburst leads Texas basketball to a dominant win over West Virginia
Texas jumped all over West Virginia at the outset of the first half, thanks to a scorching hot start from senior big man Dylan Disu. Going 5-of-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-7 from the field, Disu couldn't be stopped by the Mountaineer defense in the first half of this game.
The scorching hot stretch from Disu sparked the Longhorns to score a season-best 55 points in the first half. Texas took a commanding 25-point lead (55-30) into the locker room at halftime.
West Virginia attempted to mount a comeback in the second half. But it was all for naught, as Texas was able to stave off a couple of quick runs from the Mountaineers in the final 20 minutes.
The win over West Virginia moves Texas to 16-8 (5-6 Big 12) on the season. West Virginia falls to 8-15 (3-7 Big 12) after the convincing double-digit loss to the Longhorns this weekend.
Here are two studs and one dud from the Longhorns' dominant win over West Virginia in the final Big 12 regular-season meeting between these teams on Feb. 10.
Stud: Dylan Disu, C
Between the second half of Texas's loss to the No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones earlier this week and the first half against West Virginia today, Disu was unstoppable scoring the basketball. He registered 41 points on an immaculate 78 percent shooting from the field and 89 percent from deep.
This was Disu's second straight game with 20+ points after he scored 28 against Iowa State on Feb. 6.
Disu's ability to consistently knock down shots from range continues to be a major difference-maker for the Longhorns on the offensive end. He drained a career-high seven three-pointers to help the Longhorns shoot well over 40 percent from beyond the arc in this win over West Virginia.
After nailing another two three-pointers in the second half, Disu had a career-high seven field goals from beyond the arc in this game.
In addition to Disu's impressive contributions on the offensive end, he was also very disruptive for the Longhorns on defense. He registered two steals and one block to help the Longhorns win the turnover battle 15-5 over the Mountaineers.
The level Disu has played at in the Big 12 this season for the Longhorns has put him right in the running for Player of the Year honors in this league.