Horned Frogs control the game, beat WV 77-67

Photos by Dominic Ceraldi

Five scored in double-figures as the short-handed TCU men’s basketball team defeated West Virginia, 77-67, Monday at Schollmaier Arena.
The Horned Frogs (17-8, 6-7) were without freshman center Eddie Lampkin due to injury. Xavier Cork started in his place and scored a season-high 10 points with four blocked shots. 
Emanuel Miller led the way with a season-high tying 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and also led the team with eight rebounds. Mike Miles finished with 15 points and Chuck O’Bannon had 11 which included three 3-pointers. 
Damion Baugh rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points, seven rebounds and a team-high seven assists. 
Both teams got off to a hot start as TCU made 11 of its first 16 shots of the game. The Horned Frogs shot 57.1 percent in the first half, but the Mountaineers (14-13, 3-11) shot 54.8 percent as TCU led 43-42. 
The Frogs scored the first five points in the second half to lead 48-42. TCU’s lead never got below four points. After scoring 17 points in the first half, WVU’s Taz Sherman was limited to just six points in the second as he scored a game-high 23 points.
Despite playing without one of its top rebounders, TCU dominated the boards, 42-24. The Frogs shot a season-best 53.7 percent from the field.
TCU continues a stretch of playing three games in five days on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Austin against No. 20 Texas. The game is on ESPN2.
Team Notes

  • TCU improved to 4-16 overall against West Virginia.
  • TCU has won three of the last four meetings with TCU in Fort Worth.
  • TCU had five players score in double-figures for the first time this season. 
  • TCU led 43-42 at the half, it was the Frogs’ most points of a half in conference play this season. 
  • TCU held WVU’s Sean McNeil to zero points. McNeil entered the game averaging 13.2 points. It’s the first time he’s been shut out all season. 
  • TCU shot a season-best 53.7 percent from the field. Its previous best was 52.8 percent at Oklahoma on Jan. 31. 
  • TCU outrebounded the Mountaineers, 42-24. The Frogs moved to 16-5 this season and 97-31 under Dixon when outrebounding their opponent. TCU has been outrebounded only three times this season.
  • The rebounding margin of +18 was TCU’s largest in Big 12 play. The next largest was +13 at Kansas State. 
  • TCU led at the half, 43-42. TCU improved to 16-4 this season and 93-21 under Jamie Dixon when leading at halftime. 
  • TCU outshot WVU 53.7 percent to 45.6 percent. TCU improved to 14-0 this season and 97-20 under Dixon when outshooting the opposition. 

Individual Notes

  • Xavier Cork earned his first start as a Horned Frog and scored TCU’s first four points. He finished with 10 points, a season-high.
  • Cork had a season-high four blocked shots and played a season-high 23 minutes.
  • Chuck O’Bannon had three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. It was the fourth time this season he had at least three 3-pointers.
  • Mike Miles scored 15 points, his 17th time scoring in double-figures out of 22 games played this season. 
  • Emanuel Miller had a season-high tying 18 points, the ninth time he scored in double-figures. He also shot close to perfect from the free-throw line going 6-for-7.
  • It was the second-straight game that Miller led the team in scoring. 
  • Miller also led the team with eight rebounds. It was the 12th time he’s led the team in rebounding. 
  • Miller played a season-high 34 minutes.
  • TCU was without starting center Eddie Lampkin (knee).

Courtesy TCU Basketball