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Austin, Texas – The West Virginia Mountaineers fell to 11-2 on the season by losing to the 17th ranked Texas Longhorns in Austin, Texas, 74-59.

The Mountaineers, without leading scorer Taz Sherman, as well as Gabe Osabuohien and Kobe Johnson who are in the COVID safety and health protocols, struggled to stay close to the loaded Longhorns.

West Virginia was led by Jalen Bridges, who was far more aggressive offensively than he has been previously this season, scoring 18 points on 7-11 from the field and 4-7 from three point range while adding 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Senior guard Sean McNeil had 12 points on 5-13 from the field and 2-2 from three point range. Malik Curry contributed 12 points off the bench and Isaiah Cottrell had 6 points (3-9 FG) and 6 rebounds.

West Virginia’s game at TCU, which was previously scheduled for Monday, January 3rd, has been postponed due to COVID protocols within the TCU program, so the Mountaineers will be back in action next Saturday, January 8th at 2:00 at home against Kansas State.

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