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Esa Ahmad scores a career-high 27 points in a win over No. 2 Kansas. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Esa Ahmad scores a career-high 27 points in a win over No. 2 Kansas. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
FORT WORTH, Texas -

West Virginia will be without Esa Ahmad for the second-straight game as the sophomore forward did not travel with the team Friday. 

Ahmad suffered a back injury that caused him to miss Monday's 77-62 win over Texas in Morgantown. Averaging 11.7 points per game, Ahmad is WVU's second-leading scorer. 

The Mountaineers are on a long road trip that features games against TCU on Saturday and Baylor on Monday. 

In home games against the Horned Frogs and the Bears, Ahmad scored 16 and 8, respectively. 

Monday night, Bob Huggins went with a small starting lineup featuring three guards -- Jevon Carter, Tarik Phillip and Daxter Miles Jr. -- to make up for Ahmad's absence.

Redshirt freshman forward Lamont West logged 23 minutes and scored a career-high 23 points off of the bench against the Longhorns. 

The Mountaineers meet TCU at 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

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