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Huggins Picks Up Win No. 899, As Mountaineers Take Care of TCU

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (March 4, 2021) – The No. 6 West Virginia men’s basketball team defeated the TCU Horned Frogs on Thursday night, 76-67, to get WVU coach Bob Huggins one victory away from career win No. 900.

“Jamie (Dixon) is a really good coach. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit and give his players a lot of credit,” Huggins said. “They got a bunch of guys that can make shots. When we let down (on the gas), they made shots. Then, we fumbled balls and had how many scoring opportunities and didn’t score.”

In the first half, the Mountaineers were able to hold TCU to just 18 points. The Horned Frogs shot 4-of-22 from the field. Jalen Bridges and Derek Culver alone had eight made field goals between the two in the first half. Half of TCU’s first half points came from free throws, with the Horned Frogs shooting 9-of-12 from the foul line. 

West Virginia took a 14-point lead into the locker room. 

In the second half, TCU shot the ball better, shooting 53% from the field. The Horned Frogs scored 49 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. There were moments in the game where Texas Christian could’ve swung the momentum in their favor but the Mountaineers just always had an answer. With five minutes left in the game, forward Gabe Osabouhien received a technical foul, resulting in his exit from the game, as he had four fouls.

Without Osabouhien, WVU was able to handle business in the closing minutes with free throws. The Mountaineers hit 13 free throws in the final four minutes. A three by Jalen Bridges was the only field goal West Virginia could muster in the remaining time.

The Horned Frogs were able to cut the WVU lead down to seven at one point but the Mountaineers were able to cruise to a 76-67 victory.

Bridges lead the Mountaineers on Thursday night against TCU, recording career-highs in both points and rebounds. Bridges—a Fairmont, West Virginia native—scored 22 points and 12 rebounds. The redshirt freshman shot 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line.

“I would say that as the season went on, I’ve definitely gotten way more comfortable out there,” Bridges said following the win. “The speed of the game has slowed down a little bit to me. I’m just taking what comes to me now, I’m not really trying to force nothing.”

Derek Culver had a better night than on Tuesday, finishing with a 17-point performance against the Horned Frogs. Culver had another great night at the charity strike, shooting 7-of-9 from the line. The junior forward pulled down eight rebounds.

Other notable scorers were Sean McNeil scoring 14 points and Deuce McBride with 10.

Taz Sherman struggled against TCU, shooting only 1-of-6. As a rare night for Sherman, the senior guard came back out onto the court after the game and got more shots up.

The Mountaineers will look to get Huggins career win No. 900, when they welcome future NBA Draft pick Cade Cunningham and the No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys to the WVU Coliseum on Saturday. The game will start at 2 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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