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West Virginia escapes Fort Worth with win over TCU 61-60

The Mountaineers win a classic Backyard Brawl-esque game.

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In a game that was reminiscent of the classic Bob Huggins-Jamie Dixon Big East matchups, No. 12 West Virginia escaped TCU with a win 61-60.

The Mountaineers (23-6, 11-5 Big 12) started out hot as they outscored TCU 16-7 over the first 10:49 of the game. The Horned Frogs were 17% from the field (2 of 12) in that span.

Jaylen Fisher took command at that point and led TCU (17-12, 6-10) to a 30-27 lead at the break behind his 11 first half points.

After a back and forth second half, free throws became the deciding factor. After Alex Robinson and Fisher went 1 for 2 with less than a minute left kept the game tied at 60 with 9 seconds remaining.

Fisher fouled Daxter Miles with 4 remaining. Miles hit the first of the two shots to give the Mountaineers a 61-60 lead. The ensuing in-bounds play was an unsuccessful three-pointer attempt by Desmond Bane as time expired.

Jevon Carter led West Virginia with 15 points. Nathan Adrian added 13.

Four Horned Frogs scored in double figures including Fisher with 18 points. Kenrich William had the game’s only double-double with 10 points, 10 assists.

The loss for TCU makes it really tough for their chances to get in the NCAA Tournament with Kansas State and Oklahoma remaining on their schedule.

The Mountaineers return to action on Monday as they stay in Texas to take on the 9th-ranked Baylor Bears. Tip is set for 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.