MORGANTOWN – Because the West Virginia No.6 suffered an emotional 94-89 extra time loss to No.3 Baylor on Tuesday, TCU set the stage for an ideal entice sport for the Mountaineers two days in a while Thursday night, on the Coliseum.
However because the climbers danced – and in lots of instances sleepwalks – round this entice, the horned frogs could not fairly catch the prey they had been stalking for practically 40 minutes.
Typically uninspired, generally sloppy, however ultimately adequate, cold-shooting WVU hit simply sufficient pictures and capitalized on a poor TCU offense to finally shut a 76-67 win over the Horned Frogs.
The victory saved the Mountaineers’ hopes for the No. 2 seed in subsequent week’s Massive 12 Convention alive, with WVU needing a win over the No. 17 Oklahoma State on Saturday to clinch simply that. The Cowboys misplaced to Baylor on Thursday, that means the Mountaineers could not fall under third place.
And whereas all of that is excellent news for West Virginia, for essentially the most half the Mountaineers appeared something however a seed on Thursday.
West Virginia gathered simply 34.4% (21 of 61) for the sport as TCU trailed nearly unwillingly. The Mountaineers (18-7 general, 11-5 Massive 12 Convention) led by as much as 16 factors within the second half earlier than carrying a 32-18 lead within the break, however after taking a 42-27 lead over two free Jalen Bridges throws with 14:32 left, turned largely chilly because the Horned Frogs slowly recovered. A rating of 86.7% (26 for 30) from the foul line helped the Mountaineers keep away from catastrophe.
TCU shot twice as shut as seven factors at 53-46 and 55-48 with 5:47 left. A 3-point play by WVU junior ahead Derek Culver pushed that benefit again to 10 at 58-48, and from there Culver and the Mountaineers had been in a position to do sufficient to maintain TCU at bay.
It was just about the identical within the first half, as a result of whereas the mountaineers weren’t precisely turning it on, the horned frogs had been so frigid it did not matter.
West Virginia shot 36.4 p.c from the ground earlier than the break, together with 1 for his or her final 8 and failing to register within the 2:43 ultimate of the primary half. However TCU (12-12, 5-10) did not rating in any respect within the 2:20 ultimate and was an abysmal 4 for 21 (18.2%) from the bottom, together with 1 for 7 on a variety of three. factors. The Horned Frogs collected simply 4 factors within the first half because the Mountaineers used a 15-1 run midway by means of the half to realize management early.
Regardless of a way more environment friendly second half from TCU, who shot 38.9% from the bottom and ended up beating the Mountaineers 24-4 from their bench, that wasn’t sufficient to make up for the early struggles and missed alternatives. .
WVU freshman ahead Jalen Bridges arguably had his finest sport in a mountaineer uniform, scoring a file 22 factors with 12 rebounds. He had a safe double-double within the opening minutes of the second half. Culver added 17 factors and eight tables with Sean McNeil scoring 14 factors. Bridges and junior ahead Emmitt Matthews mixed to get a 9-for-16 rating from the ground, with the remainder of the workforce taking pictures simply 12-for-45.
Jaedon Ledee led TCU with 20 factors, adopted by 15 factors from first-year goaltender Mike Miles and 12 factors from heart Kevin Samuel.
The climbers and cowboys will give their begin on Saturday at 2 p.m.
n Every workforce had a technical foul, West Virginia’s Gabe Osabuohien getting hit with one with 5:47 left and TCU coach Jamie Dixon profitable one within the final minute.
n WVU junior level guard Jordan McCabe missed Thursday’s sport with a low again damage. It’s listed as everyday.