Feb. 9, 2013
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FORT WORTH—Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson scored a team-high 16 points Saturday, but West Virginia stepped up its defensive effort in the second half to defeat TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 63-50.
The setback dropped the Horned Frogs’ overall record to 10-13 overall, including 1-9 in Big 12 Conference play. West Virginia improved to 12-11 overall and 5-5 in the Big 12 after sweeping the season series with TCU.
Anderson led TCU’s offensive efforts with a 7-of-12 shooting effort and added four rebounds in 37 minutes. Senior Connell Crossland also reached double figures for the third time in the last five games with a career-high 13 points and added a game-high nine rebounds. Crossland, who entered the day shooting only 38.3 percent from the free-throw line, sank 7-of-9 attempts Saturday, both career highs.
Senior guard Nate Butler Lind also continued the best offensive stretch of his career with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. He has scored at least nine in three of the last four contests.
Three Mountaineers reached double figures, including guard Terry Henderson, who totaled a game-high 17 points with the help of a 3-of-4 showing from beyond the arc. West Virginia went 7-of-10 from 3-point range as a team, the best rate against the Frogs this year.
Guards Eron Harris (14 points) and Jabarie Hinds (12 points) also hit double digits while combining to make three of their four attempts from 3.
TCU recorded one of its best shooting halves of the season in the opening period but still found itself trailing by three at intermission due to an aggressive WVU defense that forced the Frogs into 12 turnovers. The Frogs kept themselves in the game by making 9-of-15 field goals in the half, good for a 60.0 percent clip, while pulling in 16 rebounds compared to only five for the Mountaineers.
The Frogs trailed by as many as six points in the opening stanza before putting together a 9-3 run late in the half fueled by four Butler Lind points and a 3 from Anderson. Hinds answered with a trey just before the buzzer to give WVU the advantage at the break, 31-28.
TCU’s offensive success would not last, as WVU switched to a zone defensive scheme in the second half that stifled the Frogs’ efforts. The Mountaineers held TCU to only 25.0 percent (8-of-32) shooting following intermission.
The Frogs briefly regained a one-point edge following halftime by scoring the first four points of the period, but WVU had the answer that put it back in front for good. The Mountaineers responded with an 11-2 run to move back in front by eight, then another 9-1 later in the half to push ahead by 11, 51-40. Harris sank 3-pointers to conclude both runs.
TCU was unable to regroup, as West Virginia limited the squad to only three field goals in the final 13:03.
WVU was able to hold the Frogs at bay despite a 34-23 rebounding deficit for the game, the largest advantage for TCU in Big 12 play this season.
TCU concludes its stretch of three games in six days Monday, when it travels to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma at 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.