FINAL: West Virginia beats TCU, 81-49

WVU Basketball

The No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers are looking for their third win in Big 12 play when they host the TCU Horned Frogs at the WVU Coliseum. The action tips off on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET.

2nd half:

FINAL: West Virginia 81, TCU 49. The Mountaineers earn win no. 14 of the season over the Horned Frogs.

3:25 (TCU 49, WVU 78): Jamie Dixon calls timeout with just a few minutes left in this contest. Desmond Bane has been the one bright spot for the Horned Frogs, with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting — but the rest of the team is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor.

6:43 (TCU 45, WVU 73): Samuel becomes the second TCU player to foul out this game.

7:59 (TCU 43, WVU 71): A shot clock violation gets WVU the ball as they head to a media timeout. Every Mountaineer has managed to stay out of foul trouble thus far, while (including the already-fouled out Ledee) three Horned Frogs have gotten themselves into trouble. Culver is a perfect 4-for-4 this half with 10 points, while Tshiebwe has gotten his offense to click with 9 points of his own. West Virginia’s bench has scored 33 of their points so far.

11:37 (TCU 38, WVU 60): The first Horned Frog of the game fouls out after Jaedon Ledee gets Derek Culver on the shot. It goes in, and Culver heads to the line for a free throw. He has a double-double already, with 16 points and 10 rebounds — and just 1 personal foul.

12:37 (TCU 38, WVU 57): Kevin Samuel is whistled for his fourth foul of the game, sending Oscar Tshiebwe to the line. He makes one of two shots, coming on the heels of two straight converted and-ones for the big man. TCU is struggling now, with 3 turnovers in the last minute and no made shots in 3:36.

14:52 (TCU 36, WVU 48): The Mountaineers have made 5 of their last 7, causing Jamie Dixon to call timeout. Culver has made 5-of-6 from the field this game, including a perfect 3-for-3 to start the second half.

15:58 (TCU 33, WVU 44): Both teams are making shots early, with the Horned Frogs scoring a quick 10 points to start the half, most of which came from three-point range. Jordan McCabe hit a three-pointer for WVU to start their scoring, while Derek Culver got the other 4 points for WVU inside.

West Virginia’s first-half scorers: McNeil (8); Culver, Harler (7); Knapper (5); McBride (4); Routt, Tshiebwe, Haley (2)

TCU’s first-half scorers: Bane (7); Nembhard (6); Samuel (4); Fuller (3); Smith (2); Dennis (1)

1st half:

HALF: West Virginia 37, TCU 23 — Sean McNeil drains one from NBA range with seconds left on the clock, and TCU’s Edric Dennis follows it up with a turnover on the other end. WVU gets the last bucket of the half before halftime.

:30.1 (TCU 23, WVU 34): Bob Huggins calls timeout as the Mountaineers likely have their last possession of the game.

3:52 (TCU 17, WVU 27): TCU is in the middle of a scoring drought lasting 3:35 so far, but that may change as Miles McBride gets whistled for the foul to send Nembhard to the line. McBride is the only Mountaineer to get more than one foul at this point.

7:55 (TCU 16, WVU 23): West Virginia’s run is now at 14-5, with Chase Harler currently pacing West Virginia in scoring with 7 points. Oscar Tshiebwe has been struggling offensively — while he has made his only shot of the game so far, he already has 3 turnovers in 7 minutes of play. TCU’s Desmond Bane has also come alive, scoring TCU’s last 5 points.

9:59 (TCU 11, WVU 21): Jamie Dixon calls a timeout for TCU as the Mountaineers are in the midst of a 12-0 run.

11:25 (TCU 11, WVU 15): West Virginia was nearly headed to the media timeout with a one-point deficit, but Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler make a pair of quick three-pointers to give WVU a five-point lead. Nembhard is trying to get something going for TCU, having taken a team-high 3 shots and having drawn a foul to go along with it. He leads the Horned Frogs with 5 points.

15:45 (TCU 5, WVU 5): The Mountaineers have made half their shots so far, with all five of their points coming from Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. TCU’s RJ Nembhard is the first player to strike from deep, while the other two points came from a Kevin Samuel dunk. Neither team has gotten off to a strong offensive start.

TCU wins the opening tip, and this contest has begun — but nine seconds in, Jaire Grayer is called for the foul. Mountaineer basketball.

WVU starters:

  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews Jr.
  • Derek Culver
  • Oscar Tshiebwe

TCU starters:

  • Desmond Bane
  • Edric Dennis
  • Jaire Grayer
  • RJ Nembhard
  • Kevin Samuel

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