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No. 10 West Virginia fights through energy lag, outlasts Texas men’s basketball, 74-72

Freshman center Jarrett Allen scored a career-high 19 points Saturday, but the University of Texas men's basketball team came up just short, falling to West Virginia, 74-72 (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Be it the grueling travel from the heart of Appalachia or the fact that West Virginia always brings out the best in Texas, the 10th-ranked Mountaineers needed every iota of their talent and waning energy, but found the fortitude to outlast the Longhorns, 74-72, Saturday afternoon in Big 12 Conference play at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Mountaineers’ Jevon Carter scored nine of his 15 points in the final four minutes and Teyvon Myers added 16 points but the game came down, as they always seem to do for West Virginia against Texas, to the final minutes.

Two free throws by Carter with 3:52 to play allowed

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The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .