MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (February 23, 2021) — The No. 10 West Virginia men’s basketball team defeated TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, by a final score of 74-66, making that WVU’s sixth-straight road win in the Big 12.
“I thought we played in spurts. We’ve got to not take our foot off people’s throats and let them up,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “I thought we had stretches where we played really well and stretches where we didn’t play really well.”
The Mountaineers (16-6, 9-4 Big 12) and the Horned Frogs (11-10, 4-8 Big 12) switched a few leads in the first few minutes of the game. West Virginia took an 11-10 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half and never looked back. WVU controlled the lead for the remaining 35 minutes of the game.
WVU at one point held a 16-point lead in the second half, but TCU was able to get in some rhythm to cut the deficit in half. The Horned Frogs weren’t able to cut the deficit any further, struggling to out-rebound the Mountaineers. West Virginia won the rebound battle, 38-30.
Taz Sherman led the Mountaineers with a 23-point performance against the Horned Frogs. Sherman shot 8-of-9 from the free throw line, making him an 86% free throw shooter on the year.
Derek Culver recorded another double-double on Tuesday night, scoring 18 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Culver’s double-double against TCU makes that his 11th of the season. The junior forward struggled from the line, shooting 6-of-14.
Jalen Bridges had a perfect night, shooting 4-of-4 from the field. The redshirt freshman made a three-pointer and had five rebounds in the win.
The Mountaineers now get to come back home a few days early and rest up for the next game against Kansas State after the cancellation of the game against No. 2 Baylor in Waco, Texas.
“I think we are all happy to go home,” Huggins said. “We’ve only have played two games but it seems like we’ve played a lot more. It’s just good to be able to go home and sleep in your own bed.”
The West Virginia Mountaineers now will look forward to hosting four straight Big 12 opponents over the next week. The Kansas State Wildcats will come into the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The game will start at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.