Horned Frogs Leap Past West Virginia
West Virginia went to Fort Worth with an 11-0 all-time record against TCU. It left the Metroplex with its first-ever defeat at the hands of the Horned Frogs, as the purple-clad home team scored a resounding 82-73 victory.
The Mountaineers (16-4/5-3) took a seven-point lead midway through the first half, but it was all TCU (15-5/3-5) after that. WVU had defeated Texas by 35 just two days ago, in its largest margin of victory ever over a Big 12 team. The nine-point loss Monday equals the largest margin of defeat for West Virginia against a Big 12 foe in the past two seasons.
It was the first win ever for TCU in 11 games against a ranked team at the Schollmaier Arena.
In a game where WVU seemingly couldn’t hit a shot (25-for-74 for the game), five Mountaineers actually reached double figures in scoring. Jevon Carter led the way with 16 points, followed by Sagaba Konate (14 points to go along with four blocked shots and eight rebounds), Daxter Miles (12 points), Lamont West (12) and Wesley Harris (10). But only Harris (4-of-5 FGs) converted at least half his shots. The senior backcourt of Carter and Harris were a combined 11-of-32. Carter also fouled out for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, TCU got 17 points from Alex Robinson, who also had nine assists and seven rebounds.
The game may have ended poorly for West Virginia, but it didn’t start that way. Three straight treys by TCU’s Kouat Noi lifted the home team to a seven-point lead early in the first half. But West Virginia answered with a 7-0 run to knot the contest at 16-16. A few minutes later Beetle Bolden canned a three and Lamont West added a pair of them, and suddenly the Mountaineers were on top 31-24 with 4:12 left before halftime. The Horned Frogs answered with an 11-0 run of their own and took a 35-33 lead into the lockerroom at the break.
WVU’s drought continued into the second half before it finally got a field goal. It was down 47-36 by that point more than five minutes into the final period. Over the course of the final 4:12 of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second, West Virginia made only two-of-21 field goal attempts. TCU’s lead grew as large as 20 in the second half. The Mountaineers tried to battle back and cut that margin to nine a few times late in the game, but could get no closer.
West Virginia will try to bounce back in its next game, as it hosts Kentucky Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.