The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 5, 2014

WVU wins Big 12 opener


The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Eron Harris scored 22 points, Juwan Staten added 15 and West Virginia beat TCU 74-69 in the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday.

Harris, the league’s leading scorer, was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and the Mountaineers (9-5) improved to 3-0 against the Horned Frogs since both schools joined the Big 12 last season.

Amric Fields had a season-high 22 to the lead TCU (9-4) in his first Big 12 game. He missed most of the last season with a major knee injury that kept him out of the first three games this season. He recently returned from a four-game absence because of a broken left hand.

Brandon Parrish scored 18 points and had four 3-pointers, including one to get TCU within two with 3:06 remaining.

Kyan Anderson, TCU’s leading scorer, finished with 12 points before fouling out with 6:26 remaining.

Staten hit back-to-back buckets to keep West Virginia in front in the final 3 minutes and made a breakaway layup to clinch the win in the waning seconds after TCU missed a pair of 3-pointers.

West Virginia built a lead early in the second half and stayed in front by dominating the offensive boards. The Mountaineers had three second-chance baskets in the first few minutes after halftime, with even the little guys getting involved.

Gary Browne, a 6-1 guard, missed a layup but tipped the ball in from the other side of the rim. With an eight-point lead down to two, the 6-3 Harris ended up with the ball for an easy layup and a 54-50 lead.

Terry Henderson had another put-back basket for a 65-60 lead as the Mountaineers had 17 offensive rebounds to eight for the Horned Frogs.

TCU was in the double bonus for the last 8 minutes but missed several key free throws, including two by Hudson Price with the Horned Frogs down 65-62 with 4:26 remaining. The Frogs finished 10 of 17 at the line.

Neither team led by more than five points in a high-scoring first half, with Harris and Fields getting 13 apiece.

TCU had the biggest lead at 28-23 after consecutive 3-pointers from Parrish.

West Virginia went ahead 36-35 when Juwan Staten found Harris for a long alley-oop dunk, and Nathan Adrian’s 3-pointer with 1:12 left in the first half gave the Mountaineers a 42-39 halftime lead.

Harris was 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the first half, although West Virginia shot just 39 percent as a team.

The Frogs were 7 of 10 from long range before halftime, with Fields, Parrish and Anderson each going 2 for 3.



WEST VIRGINIA (9-5)

Williams 4-11 4-6 12, Adrian 3-5 2-2 9, Noreen 0-0 0-0 0,  Staten 4-9 6-10 15, Henderson 3-10 3-4 10, Dibo 1-4 0-0 2,  Harris 8-15 2-2 22, Browne 1-5 0-0 2, Watkins 0-0 2-4 2. Totals 24-59 19-28 74.

TCU (9-4)

Fields 8-13 4-7 22, Parrish 7-14 0-0 18, Shepherd 0-2 2-2 2,  Anderson 4-7 2-4 12, Ray 2-7 0-0 4, Hill Jr. 2-4 0-0 5,  Williams 1-4 2-2 4, Gore 0-1 0-0 0, Montigel 0-0 0-0 0, Price 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 25-53 10-17 69.

Halftime—West Virginia 42-39. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 7-17  (Harris 4-5, Staten 1-1, Adrian 1-2, Henderson 1-5, Browne 0-2, Dibo  0-2), TCU 9-19 (Parrish 4-8, Anderson 2-3, Fields 2-5, Hill Jr. 1-2,  Williams 0-1). Fouled Out—Anderson, Hill Jr.. Rebounds—West Virginia 38  (Williams 8), TCU 30 (Fields 5). Assists—West Virginia 14 (Browne 4),  TCU 15 (Anderson 4). Total Fouls—West Virginia 19, TCU 22. A—5,038.