AUSTIN, Texas -- There was good news for West Virginia on Saturday.
On a night that saw the Mountaineers get outscored by 32 points in the paint and give up their highest field-goal percentage in two years, there were a lot of people who aren't Longhorn Network subscribers and couldn't see what happened against No. 19 Texas.
The bad news is that it still happened and the Longhorns handled the Mountaineers again this season, this time in an 88-71 win before a crowd of 12,719 here at the Erwin Center.
Texas has won nine of its last 10 overall.
"I think they just had a really good night and we just didn't," WVU guard Eron Harris said. "The last time we played them we didn't have a good night, either. Both times now, we just couldn't hit shots, couldn't get stops and couldn't get anything going."
WVU (15-11, 7-6 Big 12) has only lost four games by double figures this season. They avenged a 22-point loss to Kansas State by winning the rematch by 10 points at home two weeks ago. They lost by 14 points to Kansas last Saturday and talk openly and confidently about getting even in the regular-season finale March 8.
They've now lost by 11 and 17 points to Texas and won't have another chance unless they meet the Longhorns (20-5, 9-3) in the conference tournament next month -- and that won't change the obvious disparity between the two.
"Their size definitely creates problems for us, especially when we don't really make their bigs move," WVU point guard Juwan Staten said. "When they're just able to sit back and catch everything that comes in there, that makes the game difficult for us. It makes us depend on our outside shot a lot. We're a team if we have it going outside, that's great. We can sit out there and shoot all night. If we're not able to make shots outside, that's when things get rough for us."
WVU was 8-for-23 from 3-point range, which is actually better than the 4-for-25 it shot at home against Texas last month. Most of the makes Saturday were when WVU was playing from far behind. Texas bullied the Mountaineers down low and had a 46-14 edge in points in the paint and won the rebounding battle 41-26. Texas outrebounded WVU 24-10 in the second half and allowed WVU just one offensive rebound after up eight and 10 second-chance points in the first half.
Cameron Ridley, the 6-foot-8, 285-pound forward, made 6 of 8 shots and had 16 points and six rebounds and also shot 10 free throws -- though he made only five. Forward Jonathan Holmes added 11 points and seven rebounds. Forwards Connor Lammert and Prince Ibeh were a combined 4-for-6 for and had three dunks and one layup.
Texas dunked 10 times and shot above 60 percent for most of the game before slipping late game to 57.9 percent. It's the highest number allowed by the Mountaineers, who are last in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage defense, since Notre Dame shot 61.4 percent at home in February 2012.