MORGANTOWN W.Va- The Mountaineer depth proved too much for the Horned Frogs Tuesday night, as they defeated TCU by the score of 81-49 in Morgantown.
While the tenacity of the Mountaineer defense had been evident all season, Bob Huggins turned to reserve guards Deuce McBride, Sean McNeil and Chase Harler off the bench for a spark, and each delivered with solid nights off the bench.
McNeil came off the bench to end the first half with 8 points, including two 3’s to help propel the Mountaineers to a double-digit lead at halftime, all part of a 26-point bench performance in the first half.
“TCU is a great team, give them credit, but I think we got to a point where we wore them down,” said McNeil. “They seemed like they got really tired and winded. They had a couple of key guys foul out. Our depth is dangerous and I think it’s starting to show.”
The Mountaineers outrebounded the Horned Frogs 38-24, as Derek Culver continued to dominate the paint during Big 12 play, with 11 rebounds as part of his 17 point double-double.
“We’re just hitting on all cylinders,” said Culver. “If you want to be a team that wants to go deep in the tournament, you have to have defense first, but at some point have to have some kind of offense. If we can 50/50 those two, we’ll be in good shape.”
One of the Mountaineers new energy guys this season Gabe Osabuohien, continued his tenacious play, taking two charges for the Mountaineers while grabbing five boards. Gabe is quickly becoming a fan favorite in town since his transfer and points the team’s success to the depth at all levels for the Mountaineers.
“The ability for us to play twelve guys where we’re deep and everybody can come out and give you something every night is a good thing,” said Osabuohien.
TCU, who came in undefeated in Big 12 play, moves to 21-4 (3-1) with the loss, and will try and rebound against Oklahoma on Saturday. With the win, the Mountaineers move to 14-2 (3-1), and will head on the road to take on Kansas State this Saturday.
The WVU vs. Kansas State game will tip-off at 2:00 PM, and will be televised on ESPNU.