TCU Falls to No. 9 West Virginia Thursday
March 10, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - No. 10 seeded TCU gave No. 2 seeded West Virginia everything they wanted Thursday night, but in the end saw its season come to a close, falling in the quarterfinal round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, 86-66.
For a second-straight night, Chauncey Collins led TCU, scoring a team-high 18 points. Fellow sophomore Malique Trent was also in double-figures, dropping 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while also dishing out a team-high four assists. JD Miller and Vladimir Brodziansky rounded out the Horned Frog scoring, tallying 12 and 11 points, respectively. Miller just missed a double-double, corralling a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.
No. 9 West Virginia (25-7 overall) was carried by Devin Williams' double-double, scoring 18 points and adding 13 rebounds. Jevon Carter was also solid, scoring 15 points on the night.
For the game, TCU did hold a 10-4 advantage in fast break points, while forcing WVU into 17 turnovers.
Chris Washburn made it a 10-point game early on in the second half, scoring a triple from the right side of the court. Moments later, Trent got into the act from deep and TCU appeared to be in business, cutting it to nine at the 15:53 mark on a bucket with contact by Collins.
With the score at 63-52 at the 10-minute mark, Trent would knock down his second-straight triple, but West Virginia was able to answer with a three of its own on the other end before TCU made it a nine-point game at 66-57 with 9:16 on the clock. That was as close as the Frogs would get the rest of the way.
The two teams opened the game going back and forth as Washburn found Trent on a backdoor cut to make it a 6-4 contest early. WVU responded by scoring the next six before Miller went to work, driving by his defender and kissing it off the glass to inch the Purple and White closer at 12-6 with 15:54 showing on the clock.
At the 13:03 mark, Collins ignited the Frogs, scoring a deep three from the corner. On the very next possession, Trent found a wide-open Brodziansky down low for the bucket to pull the Frogs within 20-13 midway through the opening frame.
The Frogs would cut it to 24-17 a few moments later as Trent blew by his defender and scored a floater inside the paint at the 10:34 mark of the first half. Brodziansky would make it a 27-20 game, scoring an old fashioned three-point play with a little over 8 minutes remaining in the period.
Down the stretch, the Frogs would slice into the WVU lead at the free throw line, but the Mountaineers would take a 47-36 lead into intermission.
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