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WVU ends 7-game slack loss, beats TCU 70-64 – CBS Pittsburgh

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Taz Sherman scored 21 points and the West Virginia Veterans defeated TCU 70-64 on Mountaineers Senior Day to go on a seven-game losing streak on Saturday.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said his frustration that his team had made the same mistakes boiled over Thursday as he studied film with his players. He pulled his freshmen out of session and let them go to practice their punches. The veterans had to stay in the room and find out for themselves.

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Huggins was hoping his older players – some of whom were playing in their last home game – would redouble their efforts to end the regular season strong.

They did.

Sherman shot 9 of 17 with three 3-pointers and another fifth-year player Malik Curry added 10 points for the Mountaineers (15-16, 4-14 Big 12). Senior Sean McNeil had 10 points, including crucial free throws, as did sophomore Jalen Bridges.

Mike Miles Jr. scored 17 points and Damion Baugh and Micah Peavy 12 each for TCU (19-11, 8-10) who dealt a blow to their NCAA tournament résumé by beating a last-place Mountaineers roster lost, who finished with 14 losses in his last 15 games.

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Trailing 39:33 at halftime, TCU took their first lead in the middle of the second half with a 15:4 run. Baugh led by seven points as the Horned Frogs took a 55-51 lead, with the Mountaineers committing six turnovers during the stretch and looking like they had learned no lessons.

But after TCU’s lead reached six, the Mountaineers rebounded from their eight-minute break and worked their way back up to a tie with four minutes left.

Neither team scored for more than two minutes before West Virginia ended the Finals 1-47 with an 11-3 win over TCU, starting with Sherman, who took two free throws from a TCU offensive foul and then scored one Steal by Senior Kedrian Johnson. McNeil sunk four free throws in the last 11 seconds.

West Virginia was never behind in the first half after taking a 6-0 lead with five points from Sherman. The Cavaliers led by as much as 11 before the Horned Frogs came within two late in the half when West Virginia missed 11 straight shots. But Sherman added his third 3-pointer of the half, and another fifth-year player Pauly Paulicap followed with a bucket to go up seven with a minute to go.

Both teams, who split their regular-season meetings, head to the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday through Saturday.

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