Questionable Call Lifts WVU to Victory

By Chris Jackson

Two years ago, Jevon Carter hit game-winning free throws to lift West Virginia past TCU.

Today, Daxter Miles would provide a similar ending. After taking the pass from Nate Adrian, he dribbled down the court and was fouled by freshman Jaylen Fisher with 4.8 seconds remaining– a call many in attendance disagreed with.

Miles - a 56 percent shooter at the line this season  - connected on one of two, giving the Horned Frogs one final opportunity. But Desmond Bane’s three landed short, sending WVU (23-6, 11-5) home with a 61-60 victory at TCU (17-12, 6-10).

The ending provided a snapshot of how the entire afternoon unfolded. There were 12 lead changes and seven ties, with a number of them during the final few minutes.

Jevon Carter made a three in the corner, giving WVU a 54-52 lead. Tarik Phillip would later extend the advantage to 60-55, but TCU responded with five straight points, topped off with an Alex Robinson free throw to tie the game before falling.

Carter’s three was one of the biggest of the contest, as he dueled it out with Fisher for most of the game. The junior guard finished with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting, adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals despite finding himself in late foul trouble.

With his performance, Carter recorded a double-digit scoring effort for the 22nd time this year and is now 13 points shy of becoming the 51st player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

Senior forward Nate Adrian was the only other Mountaineer to reach double-figures, finishing with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting while tallying eight rebounds and five assists.

Elijah Macon and Teyvon Myers each registered eight points, with Macon also totaling five offensive rebounds.

West Virginia remains tied for second place in the Big 12 with Baylor and Iowa State, who are the final two opponents on its schedule next week. The Mountaineers hold the tiebreaker over both right now, beating the duo in earlier meetings this season.

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