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West Virginia Finally Gets Big 12 Tournament Win, Beats TCU 86 - 66, Advances To Semifinals Friday

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TCU was pesky and WVU was sloppy for a little more than three quarters of the game, but WVU advances in the Big 12 Tournament.

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TCU was able to remain a pesky arms length away from WVU most of the game, but the Mountaineers were able to secure the win in Kansas City on Thursday night, taking down the Horned Frogs 86 - 66.

The Mountaineers shot the ball well, but played sloppy overall, turning the ball over 17 times. Combine that sloppiness with the TCU free throw shooting and the Frogs were in the game until around the 7 minute mark in the second half when cold shooting began to take its toll. WVU led by 10 at that point but then was able to stretch it out for the final margin. For the game TCU was 23 of 29 (79.3%) from the charity stripe. WVU's three point shooting was their saving grace as the Mountaineers were frustrated repeatedly by the TCU 2-3 zone.

Devin Williams led the Mountaineers in scoring with 18. Other Mountaineers in double figures were Jevon Carter with 15, Jaysean Paige with 12 and Tarik Phillip with 13. Devin Williams also managed to pull down 13 rebounds for yet another double-double.

Full Box Score HERE.

Briefly:

  • WVU never trailed
  • TCU had 14 turnovers to WVU's 17
  • WVU hit their first 4 shots from behind 3-point arc
  • WVU shot 55.6%, including 11 of 24 (45.8%) from 3
  • TCU led rebounding battle at the half 21-16, drawing much ire from Huggs
  • WVU eventually took rebounding lead 36-32 on horrid TCU shooting late
  • TCU was held to 35.2% shooting from the field

WVU advances to the Big 12 semis to face the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday night at approximately 9:30 pm ET (half hour after the Baylor/Kansas game) on ESPN2.

HERE's the official Big 12 bracket schedule. Or you can just use this one: