Bench lifts No. 20 WVU past TCU

Bench lifts No. 20 WVU past TCU

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Bench lifts No. 20 WVU past TCU

Feb 12, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Wesley Harris (21) looks to pass during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Teddy Allen scored 16 points as No. 20 West Virginia defeated TCU 82-66 on Monday night.

The Mountaineers (19-7, 8-5 Big 12) used their bench to help avenge the 82-73 loss the Horned Frogs (17-9, 5-8) handed them last month. WVU’s bench outscored TCU’s 38-8.

Beetle Bolden chipped in 14 points. Daxter Miles Jr. had 13 points and Wesley Harris added 11 on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range for the Mountaineers.

Desmond Bane had 16 points for the Horned Frogs. Vlad Brodziansky tallied 15 points and Kouat Noi added 12.

Feb 12, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter (2) dribbles the ball during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

WVU had a 38-29 edge on the glass. The Mountaineers’ defense looked more in sync, forcing 13 turnovers and had 10 steals.

“Well, they’re a great passing team,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “They had a hard time passing it because we were up in the lane where we should have been before. I thought our defense was much better.”

The Mountaineers held a double digit lead at the start of the second half but TCU closed within five twice. However, the Horned Frogs went through an offensive drought, allowing WVU to pull away.

Feb 12, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard James Bolden (3) passes the ball during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The Mountaineers shot 51 percent from the floor, 56 percent from beyond the arc and 92 percent from the charity stripe.

TCU shot 43 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the line.

“They turned the tables on us,” Horned Frogs’ head coach Jamie Dixon said. “They outrebounded us by nine and that’s probably the difference.”

WVU travels to Lawrence on Saturday to square off against Kansas at 6 p.m.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Ben Queen- USA TODAY SPORTS

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