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Culver scores 17, No. 12 West Virginia stomps TCU 81-49

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia's improving bench scoring is starting to give Big 12 opponents fits.

No. 12 West Virginia got a huge lift from its reserves on the offensive end and the Mountaineers stomped TCU 81-49 on Tuesday night.

“Honestly, that's why we recruited them,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “They're starting to understand what's asked of them, and consequently they're playing better.”

West Virginia (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) is unbeaten in eight home games and has held 10 opponents this season to 60 points or less, including five straight.

It was the bench production that stood out Tuesday.

West Virginia's bench outscored TCU's 39-6. Eleven players logged at least 12 minutes on the court.

Derek Culver led the Mountaineers with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Miles McBride, Oscar Tshiebwe and Jermaine Haley added 11 points apiece.

On Saturday, McBride, a freshman backup guard, had a season-high 22 points in a 66-54 win over Texas Tech.

“A lot of teams don’t have as many players as we do that play as hard as we do," Culver said. "We just have more bodies and more legs and more stamina.”

The Mountaineers' backup guards broke open a close game midway through the first half and turned the momentum in their favor for good. Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler hit back-to-back 3-pointers not long after checking into the game to start a 14-0 run. Harler had seven points during the burst. Backup guard Sean McNeil’s 3-pointer just before halftime put the Mountaineers ahead 37-23.

“Chase has been terrific,” Huggins said. “He's been, in a lot of cases, our best defender on the floor. He's made shots. He's constantly telling other guys where to go and what to do. He's been fantastic.”

TCU, the Big 12’s best 3-point shooting team with 9.8 made per game, went to its outside game to try to catch up. The Horned Frogs hit four 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 44-36.

But TCU couldn’t stop the inside tandem of Tshiebwe and Culver, who made the paint their personal playground after halftime. Tshiebwe scored seven unanswered points and Culver followed with four straight of his own midway through the second half.

Culver, the Big 12's leading rebounder had his fourth double-double of the season and his first in six games.

TCU (12-4, 3-1) remains winless in Morgantown since joining the Big 12 in the 2012-13 season. The Horned Frogs missed a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the league and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

“We looked like we didn’t prepare at all," said TCU coach Jamie Dixon. "As it went on, we just withered. Our bench got depleted as we got guys in foul trouble. Everything we said we wanted to do, we didn’t do.”

RJ Nembhard led TCU with 14 points and Desmond Bane added 13.

BIG PICTURE

TCU: The Horned Frogs had no answer to a rare offensive burst for West Virginia. TCU committed 20 turnovers and was outrebounded 38-24.

“That was the one thing I did get right for today, that if we get outrebounded, we’ll lose, and we did,” Dixon said.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers have been getting attention for their defense of late, but they shot a season-high 57.7% from the floor. Culver went 6 of 7, McBride went 5 of 7, and Tshiebwe and Haley both went 4 of 6. It was the first time in a month that West Virginia surpassed 80 points.

APPROACHING RUPP

Huggins notched his 874th career Division I coaching victory. He needs two more to tie Kentucky's Adolph Rupp for seventh place all time.

UP NEXT

TCU plays at Oklahoma on Saturday.

West Virginia travels to Kansas State on Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by TCU  
19:51   Offensive foul on Jaire Grayer  
19:51   Turnover on Jaire Grayer  
19:37   Jordan McCabe missed jump shot  
19:35   Offensive rebound by West Virginia  
19:32 +2 Derek Culver made layup, assist by Jordan McCabe 0-2
19:03   Jaire Grayer missed layup  
19:01   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Haley  
18:45   Bad pass turnover on Jermaine Haley  
18:27 +3 RJ Nembhard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Edric Dennis Jr. 3-2
18:00   Jordan McCabe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:58   Offensive rebound by Derek Culver  
17:58   Shooting foul on Diante Smith  
17:58 +1 Derek Culver made 1st of 2 free throws 3-3
17:58   Derek Culver missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:58   Defensive rebound by Diante Smith  
17:33   RJ Nembhard missed layup  
17:31   Offensive rebound by Kevin Samuel  
17:25 +2 Kevin Samuel made dunk 5-3
17:12 +2 Oscar Tshiebwe made jump shot, assist by Jermaine Haley 5-5
16:48   Personal foul on Emmitt Matthews Jr.  
16:34   Bad pass turnover on Edric Dennis Jr.  
16:16   Offensive foul on Oscar Tshiebwe  
16:16   Turnover on Oscar Tshiebwe  
15:46   Shot clock violation turnover on TCU  
15:17   Jermaine Haley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:15   Defensive rebound by RJ Nembhard  
14:57 +2 Desmond Bane made jump shot 7-5
14:37   Bad pass turnover on Jordan McCabe, stolen by Kevin Samuel  
14:29 +2 Diante Smith made layup, assist by RJ Nembhard 9-5
14:10 +2 Jermaine Haley made layup, assist by Derek Culver 9-7
13:50   Offensive foul on Desmond Bane  
13:50   Turnover on Desmond Bane  
13:38 +2 Brandon Knapper made jump shot 9-9
13:04   PJ Fuller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:02   Defensive rebound by Gabe Osabuohien  
12:47   Bad pass turnover on Gabe Osabuohien  
12:30   Shooting foul on Miles McBride  
12:30 +1 RJ Nembhard made 1st of 2 free throws 10-9
12:30 +1 RJ Nembhard made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-9
12:13 +3 Brandon Knapper made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chase Harler 11-12
12:00   RJ Nembhard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:58   Defensive rebound by Brandon Knapper  
11:52 +3 Chase Harler made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Miles McBride 11-15
11:26   Traveling violation turnover on PJ Fuller  
11:03   Gabe Osabuohien missed layup  
11:01   Offensive rebound by Logan Routt  
11:01   Shooting foul on Jaedon LeDee  
11:01 +1 Logan Routt made 1st of 2 free throws 11-16
11:01 +1 Logan Routt made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-17
10:52   PJ Fuller missed dunk  
10:50   Defensive rebound by West Virginia  
10:36 +2 Miles McBride made jump shot 11-19
10:05   Francisco Farabello missed layup, blocked by Oscar Tshiebwe  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Brandon Knapper  
9:58 +2 Chase Harler made layup, assist by Brandon Knapper 11-21
9:52   Jaire Grayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:50   Offensive rebound by Desmond Bane  
9:34   Traveling violation turnover on Francisco Farabello  
9:26   Bad pass turnover on Miles McBride  
9:04   Kevin Samuel missed jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
8:48 +2 Chase Harler made layup, assist by Derek Culver 11-23
8:34 +3 Desmond Bane made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by RJ Nembhard 14-23
8:15   Lost ball turnover on Oscar Tshiebwe, stolen by RJ Nembhard  
8:11   Shooting foul on Chase Harler  
8:11 +1 Desmond Bane made 1st of 2 free throws 15-23
8:11 +1 Desmond Bane made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-23
7:54   Traveling violation turnover on Oscar Tshiebwe  
7:27   Shooting foul on Derek Culver  
7:27   Edric Dennis Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:27 +1 Edric Dennis Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-23
7:02   Miles McBride missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:00   Offensive rebound by Gabe Osabuohien  
7:00   Taz Sherman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:58   Defensive rebound by TCU  
6:41   Lost ball turnover on Desmond Bane, stolen by Gabe Osabuohien  
6:41   Personal foul on Desmond Bane  
6:24   Personal foul on Edric Dennis Jr.  
6:21   Derek Culver missed layup, blocked by Kevin Samuel  
6:21   Offensive rebound by Derek Culver  
6:21   Jumpball received by West Virginia  
6:18   Chase Harler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:16   Offensive rebound by Miles McBride  
6:08 +2 Miles McBride made jump shot 17-25
5:44   Edric Dennis Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Gabe Osabuohien  
5:42   Personal foul on Jaire Grayer  
5:40   Gabe Osabuohien missed free throw  
5:40   Defensive rebound by RJ Nembhard  
5:33   Traveling violation turnover on RJ Nembhard  
5:11 +2 Derek Culver made layup, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 17-27
4:54   Offensive foul on PJ Fuller  
4:54   Turnover on PJ Fuller  
4:38   Sean McNeil missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:36   Offensive rebound by West Virginia  
4:26   Sean McNeil missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:24   Offensive rebound by Taz Sherman  
4:13   Bad pass turnover on Taz Sherman, stolen by Kevin Samuel  
4:13   Personal foul on Sean McNeil  
3:57   RJ Nembhard missed jump shot  
3:55   Offensive rebound by RJ Nembhard  
3:52   Shooting foul on Miles McBride  
3:52 +1 RJ Nembhard made 1st of 2 free throws 18-27
3:52   RJ Nembhard missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
3:34 +3 Sean McNeil made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 18-30
3:11   Diante Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
3:09   Personal foul on Jaedon LeDee  
3:09   Derek Culver missed free throw  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Kevin Samuel  
2:45   Personal foul on Sean McNeil  
2:45   PJ Fuller missed free throw  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
2:27 +2 Sean McNeil made jump shot 18-32
2:02 +2 Kevin Samuel made dunk, assist by PJ Fuller 20-32
1:48   Traveling violation turnover on Brandon Knapper  
1:25 +3 PJ Fuller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Diante Smith 23-32
1:01   Personal foul on Kevin Samuel  
1:00 +1 Derek Culver made 1st of 2 free throws 23-33
1:00 +1 Derek Culver made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-34
45.0   Edric Dennis Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
43.0   Offensive rebound by RJ Nembhard  
38.0   RJ Nembhard missed jump shot  
36.0   Defensive rebound by Sean McNeil  
11.0 +3 Sean McNeil made 3-pt. jump shot 23-37
0.0   Traveling violation turnover on Edric Dennis Jr.  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:47 +3 Edric Dennis Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Desmond Bane 26-37
19:23   Jermaine Haley missed layup, blocked by RJ Nembhard  
19:21   Defensive rebound by RJ Nembhard  
19:11   Desmond Bane missed layup, blocked by Oscar Tshiebwe  
19:09   Defensive rebound by Oscar Tshiebwe  
18:49   Personal foul on Kevin Samuel  
18:42   Jordan McCabe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:40   Defensive rebound by TCU  
18:26 +3 Desmond Bane made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Edric Dennis Jr. 29-37
17:57 +3 Jordan McCabe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derek Culver 29-40
17:37   Bad pass turnover on Desmond Bane, stolen by Jordan McCabe  
17:32 +2 Derek Culver made layup, assist by Jordan McCabe 29-42
17:13   Personal foul on Jordan McCabe  
17:11   Shooting foul on Emmitt Matthews Jr.  
17:11   RJ Nembhard missed 1st of 3 free throws  
17:11 +1 RJ Nembhard made 2nd of 3 free throws 30-42
17:11   RJ Nembhard missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
17:11   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
16:59   Personal foul on RJ Nembhard  
16:43   Chase Harler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:41   Offensive rebound by Derek Culver  
16:36 +2 Derek Culver made dunk 30-44
16:36   Shooting foul on RJ Nembhard  
16:36   Derek Culver missed free throw  
16:36   Defensive rebound by Kevin Samuel  
16:16 +3 Jaire Grayer made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Francisco Farabello 33-44
15:58   Out of bounds turnover on Jermaine Haley  
15:46 +3 RJ Nembhard made 3-pt. jump shot 36-44
15:28 +2 Jermaine Haley made alley-oop shot, assist by Jordan McCabe 36-46
15:07   RJ Nembhard missed jump shot  
15:05   Offensive rebound by Francisco Farabello  
14:59   Jaire Grayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:57   Defensive rebound by Jordan McCabe  
14:55   Oscar Tshiebwe missed layup  
14:53   Offensive rebound by Derek Culver  
14:55 +2 Derek Culver made dunk 36-48
14:22   Jaire Grayer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:20   Defensive rebound by Miles McBride  
14:06 +2 Miles McBride made layup 36-50
13:50   Shooting foul on Jermaine Haley  
13:50 +1 Desmond Bane made 1st of 2 free throws 37-50
13:50   Desmond Bane missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:50   Defensive rebound by Oscar Tshiebwe  
13:26 +2 Oscar Tshiebwe made jump shot, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 37-52
13:26   Shooting foul on Jaedon LeDee  
13:26 +1 Oscar Tshiebwe made free throw 37-53
13:10   Shooting foul on Gabe Osabuohien  
13:10   Diante Smith missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:10 +1 Diante Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-53
12:58   Chase Harler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:56   Offensive rebound by Gabe Osabuohien  
12:48 +2 Oscar Tshiebwe made layup, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 38-55
12:48   Shooting foul on Kevin Samuel  
12:48 +1 Oscar Tshiebwe made free throw 38-56
12:45   5-second inbounding violation turnover on TCU  
12:37   Shooting foul on Kevin Samuel  
12:37   Oscar Tshiebwe missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:37 +1 Oscar Tshiebwe made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-57
12:23   Lost ball turnover on Diante Smith, stolen by Gabe Osabuohien  
12:23   Jumpball received by West Virginia  
12:12   Offensive foul on Oscar Tshiebwe  
12:12   Turnover on Oscar Tshiebwe  
12:11   Traveling violation turnover on Jaedon LeDee  
12:08   Personal foul on Jaedon LeDee  
12:08 +1 Derek Culver made 1st of 2 free throws 38-58
12:08   Derek Culver missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:08   Defensive rebound by Desmond Bane  
11:56   Desmond Bane missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:54   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
11:37 +2 Derek Culver made layup, assist by Gabe Osabuohien 38-60
11:37   Shooting foul on Jaedon LeDee  
11:37 +1 Derek Culver made free throw 38-61
11:13   RJ Nembhard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Derek Culver  
10:49 +2 Miles McBride made jump shot, assist by Derek Culver 38-63
10:22   Shooting foul on Logan Routt  
10:22 +1 RJ Nembhard made 1st of 2 free throws 39-63
10:22 +1 RJ Nembhard made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-63
10:05   Brandon Knapper missed jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Desmond Bane  
9:41   Lost ball turnover on Jaire Grayer, stolen by Derek Culver  
9:34   Offensive foul on Derek Culver  
9:34   Turnover on Derek Culver  
9:21   PJ Fuller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:19   Defensive rebound by Chase Harler  
9:10 +3 Miles McBride made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chase Harler 40-66
8:56 +2 Jaire Grayer made layup 42-66
8:56   Shooting foul on Logan Routt  
8:56 +1 Jaire Grayer made free throw 43-66
8:45