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West Virginia Runs Away From TCU, 73-42, Maintains Share Of Big 12 Lead

WVU took care of business at home against the struggling Horned Frogs.

Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

WVU beat TCU by 31 points in a game that didn't even seem really that close. West Virginia jumped out to an early lead and TCU never made any kind of run to make the result of this game in doubt. WVU led by 8 at the first TV timeout, 12 after the second and by 19 at the end of the first half. Most of the second half, WVU led by around 20, but stretched out the lead over the last few minutes to over 30.

The WVU defense was the story of the day, forcing TCU into 26 turnovers. The only offense that TCU seemed to be able generate early was off "home-run" entry passes against the press, and even they weren't that effective. TCU only shot 33% for the day. WVU didn't shoot the ball particularly well themselves, only managing 37.5% for the game. But, it was the points off of turnovers that made the difference.

Jonathan Holton had an effective return to the Mountaineer lineup after serving a four game team suspension. He managed 14 points and 7 rebounds off of the bench. He was joined by Esa Ahmad in double figure scoring who chipped in a career high of 14. Devin Williams looked to be in his usual form with another double-double, chipping in 11 points and pulling down 12 rebounds (and passing the 1000 point career mark). Jaysean Paige was the only other Mountaineer in double figures with 10 points. All told, 11 Mountaineers chipped in on the scoring for the day, including crowd favorite Richard Romeo.

You can see the full box score HERE.

WVU will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Austin to face the Longhorns to try and avenge the only Big 12 home loss (so far) this season. That game will tip at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN2.