MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Those who showed up at the Coliseum on Wednesday night were treated to an unexpected duel between Texas Tech's Dusty Hannahs and West Virginia's Terry Henderson.
What they saw was each player set career-high scoring marks as they engaged in some frantic back-and-forth action in the second half. What the crowd of 5,031 couldn't see was what was perhaps most entertaining.
"He was talking to me a little bit early in the game. 'Are we going to have a shootout? Want to have a shootout?'" Henderson said. "I'm not even trying to communicate with him because I know we've got to win this game."
Though Hannahs made plenty of noise with record-setting shooting, it was Henderson's silence that said the most. He was 7-for-7 and scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half of the 87-81 victory against the Red Raiders. Hannahs, a shaggy-haired sophomore who's cut his hair since the last time these two teams played, matched former WVU guard Lionel Armstead's Coliseum record and set an opponent record by going 7-for-7 from 3-point range for 25 points.
"He's a trash talker, but he'll tell you after the game, 'I'm just joking around with you,'" WVU guard Eron Harris said. "He's a trash-talker. Pretty bad one. But it's all fun, though."
The Mountaineers (11-8, 3-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak overall and a four-game losing streak at home by shooting 69.2 percent in the second half (18-for-26) and letting Henderson handle the big moments four days after he had two points on 1-for-8 shooting in Saturday's loss at Kansas State.
"I'd be lying if I told you I thought he'd go 10-for-13," WVU coach Bob Huggins said, "but I thought he'd play much better."
Henderson made 5 of 6 3-point attempts but also made mid-range jumpers and layups. Harris had 15 points, Juwan Staten added 16 points, seven assists and three steals and Nathan Adrian made a key 3 late to finished with 10 points.
The Mountaineers, who were 8-for-40 from 3-point range the past two games, were 11-for-20 against Texas Tech.
Meanwhile, Hannahs did his damage on just nine shots and added six assists.
"He made some where Terry said, 'Coach, I didn't think he was going to shoot it from there,' " Huggins said.
Hannahs had 14 points, including 10 unanswered at one point, against WVU earlier this month. That was when the Mountaineers began to learn a little about their new nemesis.
"I heard it in Lubbock," Staten sad. "He talked a lot, especially early when he had that one stretch."