Kilicli helps West Virginia edge Texas Tech
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Deniz Kilicli scored a career-high 25 points as West Virginia held off a formidable comeback by Texas Tech for a 66-64 victory Saturday.
A potentially game-winning shot by the Red Raiders' Josh Gray hit the front of the rim at the buzzer.
The Mountaineers (13-12, 6-6 Big 12 Conference) were comfortably ahead 61-53 with 3:19 left, but Texas Tech (9-14, 2-10) made three 3-point shots in a span of 2:45 in an attempt to snap what is now a six-game losing streak.
Kilicli's point total surpassed his 22-point effort against Providence on Feb. 5, 2012, when both teams were in the Big East.
Eron Harris had 15 points for West Virginia. It was his ninth double-figures effort since being inserted into the starting lineup by coach Bob Huggins 10 games ago.
Texas Tech sixth-man Jaye Crockett had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.