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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Desmond Bane scored eight of his 15 points in just over a minute early in the second half, and TCU beat No. 7 West Virginia 82-73 on Monday night.
The Horned Frogs (15-5, 3-5 Big 12) got their first home win over a Top 10 team in nearly five years on the same day they dropped out of the AP Top 25 to end an eight-week run as a ranked team.
Jevon Carter had 16 points and Sagaba Konate 14 for West Virginia (16-4, 5-3), as all five starters scored in double figures while losing for the third time in four games. Daxter Miles Jr. had 12 points, Lamont West 11 and Wesley Harris 10.
Alex Robinson had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for TCU, and Kouat Noi had 13 points with three 3-pointers before being ejected because of a flagrant foul with just over 10 minutes left. Vladimir Brodziansky had 14 points, and Kenrich Williams had 14 rebounds.
Bane’s quick burst, with two 3-pointers and a heady layup between those long-range shots, pushed TCU ahead 47-34 with 15:28 left. That capped a 12-1 run to start the second half after the Frogs finished the first half on an 11-2 spurt in which Bane made the go-ahead shot.
And that is even with Bane’s long 3 going into the break getting taken off the board after officials determined the ball was still on Bane’s fingertips when the clock hit zero, negating the 35-foot shot and leaving TCU’s lead at two instead of five.
Bane’s two-handed slam dunk with 1:15 left broke a 31-all tie. He then made a putback when JD Miller couldn’t convert on an alley-oop pass from Robinson, but the ball went right into Bane’s hands.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers trailed by 20 with 5 1/2 minutes left and made somewhat of a dent in that. But overall, WVU shot only 33 percent from the field (25 of 75) and made 7 of 27 on 3-pointers, with Carter going 0 for 6 and Miles 1 for 8 from long range.
TCU: The Frogs last home win over a Top 10 team was against No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 6, 2013. Their only win over a Top 10 since had been over the then-No. 1 Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament last March.
West Virginia is home to play Kentucky in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
TCU plays the first of consecutive road games Saturday for its Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup at Vanderbilt, the SEC’s only team with a losing record.
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