LUBBOCK, Texas -- West Virginia started a season-shaping stretch of its schedule Saturday with the sort of performance it will need to repeat if the Mountaineers are to play in the postseason for a 10th straight season.
WVU made 10 of 18 3-point attempts and shot a season-high 56.5 percent from the floor to survive turnovers, fouls and Texas Tech rallies for a 77-61 win before 8,407 at the United Spirit Arena.
"We put ourselves in such a bad situation that us coming out every game with a certain intensity will mean a lot," said Gary Browne, who had 11 points and three steals. "Not many teams can get down like us and come back, but we executed (Saturday) and we did the things we had to do on defense. We had them in the first half and we let them come back, but I think we did a great job handling that."
Eron Harris scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to lead three scorers in double figures. Aaric Murray had 10 points off the bench, his third straight game in double figures for the first time this season. Juwan Staten, Terry Henderson and Deniz Kilicli each had nine points.
Harris was 4-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-5 from 3-point range in the second half. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half.
"My first half was bad and I knew my role was to put shots in the basket from 3," he said. "I couldn't stop shooting because shooters don't stop. I got my head in it and started making shots, and when I got going I felt my teammates started shooting better."
WVU shot 65 percent in the second half, the best percentage in a half this season, and closed with a flurry. Harris and Brown made consecutive 3s late to put away the Red Raiders. Browne was shooting 15.9 percent behind the line and had made just two the previous 12 games. He was 3-for-3 against TTU.
"I felt like they were trying to disrespect me and give me open shots," Browne said.
The Mountaineers (10-11, 3-5 Big 12) won their second conference road game at the start of a stretch in which they play three straight games and four out of five against teams with them in the bottom four spots of the conference.
Ty Nurse led the Red Raiders (9-10, 2-6) with 14 points and Jaye Crockett added 13. Josh Gray and Jordan Tolbert both had 10.
The teams combined for 40 turnovers, with TTU finishing with a season-high 22, as well as 46 fouls and 41 free-throw attempts.
WVU, up by 12 points early in the first half and just three at halftime, never trailed and tried to make a move in the middle of the second half.
Harris made a 3 and WVU kept the ball because of a TTU foul under the basket. Staten made a free throw at the end of that possession and then dunked after a steal seconds later. The Red Raiders needed a timeout down 48-38 with 12:50 to go.
The Red Raiders responded and made three straight shots and were back to 53-49 after two free throws. That came in a stretch where the teams combined to score 13 straight points at the line amid the game's many fouls. WVU went five minutes without a basket, but Murray scored inside to make it 59-51. WVU had a chance to go back up at least 10 points again, but Dominique Rutledge threw a pass to the defense for a layup.