Jevon Carter hit two free throws with under one second left in overtime to carry the No. 18 Mountaineers past the TCU Horned Frogs 86-85 in front of a sellout crowd at the Coliseum.
Carter missed the layup as time expired but TCU’s Kyan Anderson fouled the freshman, giving West Virginia a chance to win the game.
Carter made both free throws and as the horn sounded was carried off the court by his teammates.
Devin Williams and Juwan Staten scored 18 points apiece for the Mountaineers. Jonathan Holton had 15 points and Daxter Miles Jr. added 10.
West Virginia is 6-0 against TCU since both teams joined the Big 12 in 2012.
Anderson led the Horned Frogs with 22 points. Charles Hill Jr. scored 13 points and TCU had six players in double figures.
Things looked grim for the Mountaineers in overtime. Anderson’s jumper put TCU in front 80-75 with 1:16 to play, but Miles answered with two shots from beyond-the-arc to put West Virginia ahead 84-83 with eight seconds to play.
Trey Zeigler made a jumper with two seconds left before Carter caught an inbounds pass from Miles and drove to the basket before drawing the foul.
Carter thought he blew the game with the missed layup.
“Then I looked at the ref and he had his hand up and I was like, `Thank the Lord’,” Carter said.
Devin Williams’ layup gave the Mountaineers a 38-35 lead to start the second half.
Chase Connor came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer to give West Virginia an eight point lead with 9:09 left. The Mountaineers looked to be in control up 58-50 when TCU went on a 10-0 run to take the lead.
Williams ended the scoring drought for the Mountaineers when he completed a three point play with 5:09 left to give West Virginia a 61-60 lead.
Both teams battled back and forth the rest of the half. Staten missed several key free throws at the end of the game including one with 37 seconds to go and the game on the line.
Zeigler put TCU in front 72-70 with eight seconds to go. Miles made a layup to tie the game with 1.1 seconds left.
“Daxter Miles hasn’t made a lot of shots anyway,” said coach Bob Huggins. “When Juwan passed to him and he made that, he proved
he’s in the gym. They know who’s in the gym, just like I do.
Williams had a chance to win it for the Mountaineers but missed a layup, sending the game to overtime.
Staten notched his second double-double on the season with 18 points and 12 assists. This is the first time he had a double-double with points and assists.
There were 64 fouls between both TCU and West Virginia on Saturday.
West Virginia will take on the Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Kansas.