Men’s basketball topped by No. 20 WVU, 82-66

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The Horned Frogs were unable to complete the season sweep of No. 20 West Virginia Monday night as the Mountaineers defeated TCU, 82-66.

Bench scoring proved to be the difference in the contest as the Mountaineers’ substitutes outscored the Horned Frogs by 30, 38-8. WVU’s Teddy Allen and James Bolden combined for 30 points off the bench.

TCU kept the game interesting throughout the first half and at one point led by eight. With eight minutes remaining in the first half, the game was knotted at 19 points. A jumper from Bolden pushed the Mountaineers up two, the first points of a 19-8 run by West Virginia to finish the half with a 38-27 lead.

Twenty-three of WVU’s bench points came in the first half and the Mountaineers recorded 10 second-chance points to TCU’s two.

TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) drives while being defended by West Virginia forward Wesley Harris (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

West Virginia’s late first-half run proved to be the difference maker as the Mountaineers never led by less than five throughout the final 20 minutes. The Horned Frogs cut the lead to five twice in the second half, but were held without a field goal for four minutes as the Mountaineers finished the game on a 15-7 run.

Desmond Bane led the Frogs with 16 points, Vladimir Brodziansky finished with 15 points and Kouat Noi totaled 12 points. The game was Brodziansky’s 17th consecutive game in double figures. Kenrich Williams scored nine points and finished with a team-high six rebounds.

Up next, the Horned Frogs will return to Schollmaier Arena looking to complete a season sweep of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.