MORGANTOWN, W.Va..–Jordan McCabe scored a career-high 25 points as West Virginia defeated TCU 104-96 in a triple overtime thriller on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.
Derek Culver picked up his seventh double-double with 22 points and 21 boards for the Mountaineers (11-17, 3-12 Big 12). Jermaine Haley tallied 18 points. Lamont West had 17 and Chase Harler 13.
Locked in a 68-68 tie with four seconds left in regulation, McCabe picked Desmond Bane’s pocket and forced the first extra session.
In the first overtime, Harler’s layup with 40 seconds remaining tied the game at 77-all. The Horned Frogs (18-10, 6-9) had a chance to go back ahead but Alex Robinson missed the jumper and Harler grabbed the rebound.
At the opposite end of the court McCabe missed a jumper and a 3-pointer, sending the two teams to a second overtime, where Culver put up the last shot and missed.
However, things went WVU’s way in the third overtime. The Mountaineers used a 10-0 run, stemming from a pair of 3s from West and Harler and a layup and a couple free throws from Haley.
“I told them yesterday that we aren’t giving up,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “That’s not in my DNA, and there’s a lot of them, I don’t think it is in their DNA. We need to make a run here at the end of the year, and then, we need to go to the tournament and win. I don’t think a postseason deal is totally out the question. I mean, it’s going to be tough. We’re minus six right now. We have to win some games. We have another one here at home; we generally play better here at home. We got Oklahoma on the road and Oklahoma State on the road. I mean, we can win. I’m not saying we will, but we can win. Those are games that I think we can win, and then, we can go to Kansas City. It’s happened before.”
JD Miller led TCU with 24 points. Kouat Noi had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Desmond Bane chipped in 17 points and Alex Robinson added 16.
WVU had a 52-45 advantage on the glass.
The Mountaineers shot 44 percent from the floor, 32 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the charity stripe.
The Horned Frogs shot 48 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 55 percent from the line.
WVU travels to Oklahoma on Saturday.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS