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Bane scores 26 points in 98-67 TCU win over West Virginia

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Desmond Bane and TCU quickly got over the sting of consecutive tough road losses to Top 25 teams that knocked them out of the poll. The Horned Frogs returned home with their biggest margin of victory in a Big 12 game.

And for West Virginia, which like TCU is in its seventh Big 12 season, it was their most-lopsided conference loss during that time.

Bane scored 26 points to lead six TCU players in double figures as the Frogs won 98-67 on Tuesday night, sending West Virginia to its first 0-5 conference record in 23 years.

''We didn't compete,'' Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said. ''We got down, and we kind of settled to lose, instead of competing.''

TCU (13-3, 2-2 Big 12) missed seven of its first eight shots before runs of 13-0 and 11-0 in the first half on way to a 20-point halftime lead. The Horned Frogs, coming off losses last week at Kansas and Oklahoma, led by as many as 35 points after halftime.

''Wow,'' Bane responded when told about it being the biggest Big 12 win for the Frogs. ''It shows where the program's headed. The ceiling's high for this program.''

''You've got to win your home games, and you want to split on the road, is the best formula for a Big 12 championship,'' said TCU coach Jaime Dixon, in his third season at his alma mater. ''We went 0-2, but we played at two of the tougher places, tough venues, best teams. Both games we could have won.''

West Virginia (8-9, 0-5) appears to be going in the opposite direction.

The last time the Mountaineers lost their first five conference games was in their inaugural Big East season in 1995-96, which was 11 years before Huggins became their coach.

''We're just not any good,'' Huggins said. ''We miss shots and throw the ball around.''

Alex Robinson had 14 points and 10 assists for TCU. JD Miller added 13 points for TCU, while Kouat Noi and Lat Mayen each had 12. Kevin Samuel scored 10 points.

James Bolden led West Virginia with 15 points, and Wesley Harris had 13.

Bane's jumper after his offensive rebound just less than five minutes into the game made it 6-5 and put the Frogs ahead to stay, and their next basket was Bane's putback slam after Miller missed a breakaway layup.

BIG PICTURE

West Virginia: The Mountaineers had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings against TCU, but never had a chance in this one after TCU had its first big run.

TCU: The Frogs played their fourth consecutive game without point guard Jaylen Fisher because of swelling in his right knee, and it's unclear when - or if - he will play again this season. Robinson had 10 of TCU's 20 assists.

MORE MOUNTAINEERS

West Virginia used 14 different players in the game.

''If I had more, I would have played them, I think. I'm just looking for somebody to go out and compete,'' Huggins said.

ASCHIERIS ACENSION

Owen Aschieris was a member of the TCU women's basketball practice team last season, before walking on to the men's team this season. He was awarded a scholarship Monday. The 6-foot-1 guard had played in five games, but hadn't scored until Tuesday night. He was 4-for-4 on free throws, going to the line after both of West Virginia's technical fouls in the final four minutes.

UP NEXT

West Virginia has two home games in three days. The Mountaineers host No. 7 Kansas on Saturday, then play Baylor next Monday night.

After its first home game in 10 days, TCU is back on the road for the third time in a four-game stretch on Saturday at Kansas State.

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Key Players
E. Ahmad
23 F
A. Robinson
25 G
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
13.5 Pts. Per Game 13.5
8.1 Ast. Per Game 8.1
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
46.1 Field Goal % 46.9
20.0 Three Point % 40.0
67.9 Free Throw % 67.1
  Lost ball turnover on Owen Aschieris, stolen by Jordan McCabe 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Owen Aschieris 7.0
  Jordan McCabe missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
  Defensive rebound by West Virginia 24.0
  Lat Mayen missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
+ 1 Trey Doomes made 2nd of 2 free throws 49.0
+ 1 Trey Doomes made 1st of 2 free throws 49.0
  Shooting foul on Desmond Bane 49.0
  Offensive rebound by Trey Doomes 53.0
  Jordan McCabe missed 3-pt. jump shot 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Derek Culver 1:20
Team Stats
Points 67 98
Field Goals 23-60 (38.3%) 29-61 (47.5%)
3-Pointers 3-18 (16.7%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 28-37 (75.7%)
Total Rebounds 38 39
Offensive 16 13
Defensive 18 24
Team 4 2
Assists 15 20
Steals 5 11
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 28 21
Technicals 2 0
15 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
26 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo West Virginia 8-9 283967
home team logo TCU 13-3 485098
Team Stats
away team logo West Virginia 8-9 73.3 PPG 43.5 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo TCU 13-3 74.3 PPG 39 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
3
J. Bolden G 12.2 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.5 APG 40.9 FG%
1
D. Bane G 15.2 PPG 5.6 RPG 2.4 APG 50.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Bolden G 15 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
D. Bane G 26 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
38.3 FG% 47.5
16.7 3PT FG% 42.9
75.0 FT% 75.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bolden 15 3 3 5/13 1/5 4/5 5 25 0 0 2 2 1
W. Harris 13 5 0 5/11 1/2 2/2 2 25 0 2 4 4 1
L. West 8 4 0 2/7 1/4 3/4 2 17 1 0 1 2 2
L. Routt 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 1 1
J. Haley 0 2 5 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 24 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bolden 15 3 3 5/13 1/5 4/5 5 25 0 0 2 2 1
W. Harris 13 5 0 5/11 1/2 2/2 2 25 0 2 4 4 1
L. West 8 4 0 2/7 1/4 3/4 2 17 1 0 1 2 2
L. Routt 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 1 1
J. Haley 0 2 5 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 24 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ahmad 8 3 0 3/6 0/1 2/3 2 20 0 0 1 1 2
D. Culver 8 4 2 3/4 0/0 2/4 3 22 0 0 0 1 3
T. Doomes 7 3 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 0 9 1 0 1 3 0
C. Harler 2 3 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 2 1
E. Matthews Jr. 2 3 1 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 14 0 2 2 0 3
A. Gordon 2 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0
B. Knapper 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 1
J. McCabe 0 1 2 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 12 2 0 0 0 1
T. Horton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Konate - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 34 15 23/60 3/18 18/24 28 200 5 4 16 16 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bane 26 8 0 11/18 3/5 1/3 3 34 2 1 2 5 3
A. Robinson 14 5 10 2/7 2/5 8/9 2 32 2 1 3 1 4
J. Miller 13 3 5 4/7 1/2 4/6 0 35 3 0 1 0 3
K. Noi 12 2 1 4/10 2/6 2/2 5 18 1 0 1 0 2
K. Samuel 10 9 0 3/5 0/0 4/7 5 25 0 3 1 5 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bane 26 8 0 11/18 3/5 1/3 3 34 2 1 2 5 3
A. Robinson 14 5 10 2/7 2/5 8/9 2 32 2 1 3 1 4
J. Miller 13 3 5 4/7 1/2 4/6 0 35 3 0 1 0 3
K. Noi 12 2 1 4/10 2/6 2/2 5 18 1 0 1 0 2
K. Samuel 10 9 0 3/5 0/0 4/7 5 25 0 3 1 5 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Mayen 12 6 0 3/6 3/6 3/4 2 26 2 1 2 2 4
K. Davis 7 2 4 2/6 1/2 2/2 4 24 1 0 1 0 2
O. Aschieris 4 2 0 0/2 0/2 4/4 0 6 0 0 2 0 2
J. Fisher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Nembhard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McWilliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Alok - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arnette - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Archie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Barlow - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 37 20 29/61 12/28 28/37 21 200 11 6 13 13 24