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Second Half Defense Leads TCU to 81-65 Win over West Virginia – TCU Athletics

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FORT WORTH – TCU forced 19 West Virginia turnovers in a 81-65 win over the Mountaineers Monday at Schollmaier Arena. 
 
The Horned Frogs (17-7, 6-5) turned up the defense in the second half, holding the Mountaineers (8-16, 3-8) to 30 percent shooting after allowing 50 percent in the first half. 
 
TCU never trailed after the opening five minutes of play. The lead was pushed to double-figures on one of four 3-pointers by Trevian Tennyson with 1:43 to go in the first. The Frogs eased into a 47-35 halftime lead thanks to 55.2 percent shooting from the field. 
 
On a ferocious Chuck O’Bannon Jr. dunk, the Horned Frogs reached their largest lead of the game, 77-55, with 5:02 to play. 
 
Tennyson tied Emanuel Miller and Jameer Nelson Jr. for the team lead with 14 points. Nelson added three steals and a career-high four blocked shots. 
 
Micah Peavy finished with nine points, a team-high seven rebounds and five assists. 
 
Raequan Battle led WVU with 21 points and five rebounds. 
 
TCU will play at Kansas State on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
 
Team Notes

  • TCU improved to 6-18 all-time against West Virginia and 6-6 at home. The Frogs have won six of the last seven meetings in Fort Worth.
  • TCU improved to 11-2 at home this season and 3-2 at home in Big 12 games. 
  • Jamie Dixon improved to 18-16 against West Virginia. 
  • TCU improved to 101-36 overall in Schollmaier Arena under Dixon and 38-31 in Big 12 home games.
  • Dixon improved to 156-104 as the head coach at TCU. He moved into a tie for second place on TCU’s all-time wins list with Billy Tubbs. 
  • The Frogs forced the Mountaineers into a season-high 19 turnovers. TCU has forced its opponents into 13 or more turnovers in all but four games this season. 
  • TCU dished out 20 assists, its most in six games.
  • The Frogs revived their Frogs script jersey for the first time this season.

Individual Notes
 

  • Emanuel Miller scored 14 points, shooting 5-for-10 from the field. It was his 12th-straight game in double figures and his 22nd of the season.
  • Miller moved up three spots on TCU’s all-time scoring list. He is tied for 23rd place with Garlon Green with 1,138 points at TCU. 
  • Jameer Nelson Jr. had 14 points, his 15th of the season in double-figures.
  • Nelson had a career-high four blocked shots.
  • Trevian Tennyson scored 14 points. He was 4-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. It was his sixth game this season with four or more 3-pointers. He has made a three in nine-straight games.
  • Micah Peavy led TCU in rebounds with seven.
  • JaKobe Coles scored in double figures for the fourth-straight game with 11 points.
  • Both Peavy and Avery Anderson led in assists with five each. 
  • Ernest Udeh Jr. won the opening tip for the 20th time in 24 games this season.

 
 

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