AUSTIN, Texas -- There were stories to be written about West Virginia's offense and questions to be asked about how things could get worse after 36 minutes at the Erwin Center Wednesday night.
One of the worst shooting teams in college basketball was having one of its worst nights against a Texas team that happened to lead the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense and 3-point percentage defense.
And then that awful offensive team scored 13 straight points, a stunning rally keyed by scores from unlikely sources to lead by three points in the final seconds en route to a 57-53 overtime victory.
The Mountaineers were going to win at Texas, something a team had never done in the first 14 Big 12 openers here, but a defensive letdown allowed the Longhorns to force overtime when Jonathan Holmes tied the score 50-50 with a 3 from the right corner with three seconds left.
The momentum had changed quickly once more for the Mountaineers, but their fortunes would not.
They survived four missed free throws to start overtime and a fruitless 106-second, four-shot possession to escape before a crowd of 9,873.
"I'm proud of our guys," Coach Bob Huggins said. "We had opportunities to pack it in and we didn't when we got down (13) points and we were having a hard time scoring. Hopefully this kind of gets us back to being my kind of team."
WVU's points in overtime came on a putback and two free throws by Aaric Murray and three free throws from Gary Browne. He went 1-for-2 with 16 seconds to go in overtime and Murray clinched the game with a steal and two foul shots.
After nearly losing despite holding a 16-point lead against Eastern Kentucky and losing after leading Oklahoma by 12 in the past two games, WVU came back from 13 points down with 8:37 to go to win in their first Big 12 road game.
"The difference was I think everyone played hard, even if the ball went in, didn't go in, the refs called bad calls or good calls, we made a good shot or a bad shot, whatever," said forward Deniz Kilicli, who came off the bench for the first time this season and scored eight points. "Everyone played hard and when you play hard, this is what happens."
Murray had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in 26 minutes off the bench and Jabarie Hinds had 11 points, six rebounds and a critical 3. Kevin Noreen had five points and 13 rebounds.
WVU outrebounded Texas 45-39 and had 11 steals to win despite just five assists and 30.6 percent shooting from the field.
The Longhorns were led by 12 points from Holmes and 11 points from Javan Felix. They shot 30.3 percent in the second half.