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WVU Defeats TCU 86-85 With Last Second Overtime Free Throws

The Mountaineers narrowly escape with a wild overtime win.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that saw 64 total fouls called, West Virginia escapes with a one point, 86-85 victory over Texas Christian on the foul line.

WVU had a nine point lead in the first half and an eight point lead late in the second half and could not pull away from TCU. The Horned Frogs were kept in the game by Kyan Anderson's 22 points.

In overtime, TCU had as much as a five point lead with 1:22 remaining.

The Mountaineers shot just 22-32 (69%) from the free throw line, and missed a few crucial free throws late in the game with the game on the line.

WVU also shot 6-25 (24%) from beyond that arc, which also should have cost the Mountaineers the game.

Ironically, WVU won the game because of late three pointers to take a one point lead and two made free throws from Jevon Carter down by one with 0.9 seconds remaining in the extra period.

The last few seconds of overtime were as crazy as I have ever seen.

With 15 seconds remaining in overtime, the officials initially called a travel on TCU's inbound with the Mountaineers leading by one. The officials reversed the travel call and instead called a foul on Nathan Adrian. TCU made both free throws and took a 83-81 lead. WVU rushes down the court and nails a three pointer to take a 84-83 lead. TCU goes right back down the court and hits a layup with 1.1 seconds remaining. Daxter Miles Jr. then makes a perfect pass to Jevon Carter streaking down the benches sideline, which caught TCU completely off-guard, and Jevon Carter missed the layup and got fouled with 0.9 remaining.

Carter nailed both free throws to win the game.

TCU head coach Trent Johnson went insane after the buzzer sounded and chased down the refs.

WVU and TCU were tied 14 different times and the lead changed nine times.

There aren't many positives to take away from this game for a 10.5 point favorite WVU after what seemed to be a big let down game after the beatdown in Austin, Texas. However, a win is a win.

To think some people left the Coliseum with a few minutes remaining in the game...

18th ranked WVU improves to 16-3 on the year and will face Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas on Tuesday, January 27th 2015. The game will air on ESPN2 at 7pm EST.