Mountaineers beat Texas, TCU

By John Conley - [email protected]

West Virginia beat TCU and Texas to remain in second place in the Big 12.

Daxter Miles, Jr., made a foul shot with 4.8 seconds left to give the Mountaineers a 61-60 win at TCU last Saturday.

The foul shot ended a two-plus minute scoreless streak for West Virginia, which had a 60-55 lead with less than three minutes to play.

The Mountaineers overcame 39 percent shooting overall and 3-14 shooting from the three-point line to eke out the win.

TCU got the last shot of the game but it was off the mark.

West Virginia held the lead for most of the first half and was up by as much as nine at 18-9.

The Horned Frogs battled back in the late minutes of the half and used an 8-0 run to take a 30-27 edge.

There were several ties and lead changes in the second half.

TCU was 5-10 at the line down the stretch and missed chances to take the lead.

Jevon Carter had 15 for the Mountaineers and Nathan Adrian scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

West Virginia took 19 more shots than the Frogs and forced 20 turnovers.

TCU dropped its fifth straight and is now 17-12.

Earlier in the week, WVU whipped Texas, 77-62 in Morgantown.

After a slow start, the Mountaineers went on a big run and took the lead for good.

Lamont West hit five threes in the first half as WVU built a 46-32 edge at the break.

While the Longhorns trimmed the deficit to 73-62 in the final five minutes, they never scored again and West Virginia picked up the win.

WVU swept Texas for the first time since 2013,

Jevon Carter scored 24, and West had 23.

Elijah Macon, who has been on a hot streak lately, scored 10.

West Virginia had 20 assists on 28 field goals,

Jarrett Allen tallied 17 for Texas, and Eric Davis, Jr., added 14.

The Mountaineers played without Esa Ahmad in last week’s games. He is suffering from back spasms.

WVU visited Baylor on Monday and entered that game in a tie for second in the conference with Iowa St.

West Virgnia is 23-6 on the season. After the game at Baylor, the Mountaineers will host Iowa St. this Friday.

Big 12 tourney play in Kansas City gets under way next week.

John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

By John Conley

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