KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Emmitt Mathews scored a career-high 28 points as 10th-seeded West Virginia upset No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday night.
West Virginia (14-19) advances to the semifinals, against either No. 17 Kansas or Texas, on Friday night.
Jarrett Culver scored 26 points, Tariq Owens had 14, and Matt Mooney had 12 for Texas Tech (26-6).
Matthews hit a corner 3 to give West Virginia a 16-point lead with nine minutes to go, but Texas Tech scored 16 of the next 18 to get within four.
The Red Raiders took a 69-68 lead on a basket by Culver, their first lead since it was 7-5. But the Mountaineers scored seven of the next nine to regain the lead, 75-71.
Culver missed a 3 with 20 seconds left and Tech trailing 77-74, and Matthews sealed the victory with two free throws.
The Red Raiders, one of the hottest teams in the country entering the game, were outrebounded 44-30.
The Mountaineers went on an 11-2 run early and led by 10 just eight minutes into the game.
The Red Raiders, co-regular season champs, trailed 28-11 in the first half before switching to a zone defense and thwarting the Mountaineer offense as they began to mount a rally.
Minnesota 77, Penn State 72, OT: Amir Coffey scored 10 of his 22 points in the final minute, and Minnesota rallied for a 77-72 overtime victory over Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Coffey put the Golden Gophers (20-12) on top for good 69-66 when he drove for a 3-point play, burying the free throw after he got knocked to the floor by a rotating Josh Reaves.
Lamar Stevens then missed a jumper. Coffey got bumped by Jamari Wheeler in a scramble for a loose ball, resulting in a heated exchange that led to technicals for both players and an ejection by Penn State’s Mike Watkins for leaving the bench.
Coffey then made both free throws to make it 71-66 with 33 seconds left. But Penn State continued to hang in.
It was 75-69 when Myreon Jones banked in a 3 with four seconds left. But Coffey made two free throws to seal the win and set up a matchup with No. 13 Purdue on Friday.
Dupree McBrayer scored 18 for Minnesota. Jordan Murphy added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Golden Gophers knocked out one of the Big Ten’s hottest teams after losing seven of 10.
Stevens led Penn State (14-18) with 24 points. Watkins had 14 points and seven rebounds, but the Nittany Lions took the loss after winning seven of 10.
St. Joseph’s 92, Duquesne 86: Charlie Brown Jr. scored 28 points as 10th seeded St. Joseph’s upset 7th seeded Duquesne 92-86 in the third of four second round Atlantic 10 Tournament games.
Jared Bynum had 16 and Chris Clover added 15 for Saint Joseph’s (14-18), who will meet second-seeded Davidson in a quarterfinal game Friday. The teams split the regular season series as both teams won at home.
Eric Williams Jr. led the Dukes (19-13) with 23 points. Lamar Norman Jr. added 18, and Marcus Weathers finished with 17.
Saint Joseph’s used a 9-0 run over a 1:39 span late in the second half to turn a 75-74 lead into an 84-74 advantage. A Williams Jr. layup and free throw with 47 seconds left would bring Duquesne within five, 89-84, but Brown made two free throws, and Bynum would add another to put the game out of reach.