Big bench effort sparks West Virginia’s 82-66 comeback win over TCU

West Virginia got a lift from its bench Monday night when it most needed it.

After a struggling early start, James “Beetle” Bolden and Teddy Allen helped spark the Mountaineers’ 82-66 victory over TCU Monday night at WVU Coliseum.

Allen went for 16 points and Bolden added 14 as the Mountaineers wore down TCU in a convincing triumph.

It was a huge effort for Allen, who was benched in the second half in the Mountaineers’ loss against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

The West Virginia bench was the biggest reason with a 38-8 scoring edge as the Mountaineers kept their flickering Big 12 hopes alive.

West Virginia improves to 19-7 and 8-5 to remain in third place in Big 12 play. TCU falls to 17-9, 5-8.

3 Who Mattered

  • Jevon Carter: The Mountaineers’ senior leader wasn’t as much of an offensive force as in his monster 33-point game Saturday against Oklahoma State. But Carter still contributed 9 points and 9 assists as the Mountaineers’ prime offensive facilitator.
  • Alex Robinson: West Virginia did a number on TCU’s point guard, limiting him to 6 points. Williams didn’t hit his first field goal until  7 minutes were left in the game.
  • Kenrich Williams: TCU’s most versatile weapon filled the stat sheet with another balanced game, providing 9 points and team-high totals of 6 rebounds  and 7 assists.

Turning Point

West Virginia took control with a 22-8 spurt to finish the first half after a frigid start.  TCU was blanked over the final 2:40 of the first half and never led from that point.

3 observations

  • Where was Sagaba Konate? After a couple of defense busts barely 3 minutes into the game, the West Virginia center earned a seat next to Bob Huggins for the rest of the first half.
  • The West Virginia bench provided a huge surge stepped up with 23-4 edge in the first half, sparking a run where West Virginia finished  by hitting 13 of their final 21 shots from the field  in the first half.
  • TCU simply wore down because of West Virginia’s pressure. It was the withering physical defense that held the Horned Frogs 19 points below their per game average as they endured their largest margin of defeat this season.

The number

West Virginia’s bench was the biggest story of the game, piling up a whopping 38-8 in scoring over the Horned Frogs’ substitutes. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins used 11 players by the mid-point of the first half.

What’s next for West Virginia basketball

West Virginia travels to Kansas for a pivotal game at 6 p.m. ET Saturday that will be  ESPN’s featured game for its GameDay crew. The Mountaineers will be looking for revenge after Kansas’ 71-66 triumph in Morgantown on Jan. 15.

The first game still stings after West Virginia squandered a 16-point lead in that earlier game. Svi Mykhailiuk led Kansas with 17 points. Sagaba Konate led West Virginia with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

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