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No. 17 WVU, Browne Knock Off TCU

On Saturday, No. 17 West Virginia needed an entire team effort to fend off TCU 78-67 in the Big 12 Conference opener.
West Virginia (13-1, 1-0) was without leading scorer Juwan Staten, who sat out with an illness. The Mountaineers had five players with at least nine points against TCU (13-1, 0-1). Gary Browne led the team with 16 points.
Browne scored all of his points in the final twelve minutes of the game to lead West Virginia. Whenever the Mountaineers needed a big score, he was there to make it happen.
Browne scored his first point on a free throw attempt to put West Virginia up 47-44 at the 10:58 mark. After TCU's Kenrich Williams knocked down a free throw and Daxter Miles knocked down a jumper for West Virginia, the ball was in the hands of Browne again.
He drew a foul and knocked down two free throws to give West Virginia a 51-45 lead. TCU came within four again, but Browne was there to answer. In isolation, Browne took the ball to basket and put in a contested layup to move the lead back to six points.
West Virginia led 56-50 with just over eight minutes to play, but TCU battled back. Trey Zeigler hit free throws. He and Kyan Anderson combined for 36 points for TCU. Then Brandon Parrish knocked down jumper.
Browne fired right back, answering again on a layup. Then he hit one of two free throws. The miss came on the second attempt, where Devin Williams ended up putting it back up and into the basket. On Williams' rebound and shot, he was fouled. Then made the free throw. At the 6:53 mark, West Virginia led 62-54.
Williams had two old-fashion three-point plays in the second finishing the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.
A minute later Browne knocked down a jumper to put West Virginia ahead by ten, a lead the Mountaineers would never lose.
West Virginia could tell early it would be a challenge to beat TCU without Staten. TCU jumped out on a 7-0 run to open the game and the Mountaineers scored just six points within the first ten minutes. TCU led for the entire first half.
TCU led West Virginia 11-6 midway through the first half.
From there TCU extended its lead with a 10-2 run of the first half when Zeigler hit a free throw, Anderson converted a layup, Karviar Shepherd put in a layup and Anderson hit a pair of free throws. After Tarik Phillip converted a basket for West Virginia, TCU went ahead 22-12 at the 6:40 mark when Shepherd put together an old fashion three-point play.
The Horned Frogs got to the free throw line 21 times in the first half. Phillip, Browne, Nathan Adrian, Elijah Macon, Jaysean Paige and Jon Holton all had at least two fouls in the first twenty minutes of the game.
West Virginia didn't get back into the game until under 6:30 to go in the half.
Brandon Watkins scored on consecutive possessions. Then about two minutes later Jevon Carter and Paige each hit three-pointers to bring the game to 28-24 TCU with 2:30 to go in the half.
Ziegler and Anderson kept TCU ahead with field goals as Paige and Williams matched them. Carter knocked down a fade away jumper as the first half buzzer expired to cut the TCU lead to 32-20 heading into the locker room.
West Virginia will travel to Lubbock on Monday to take on Texas Tech.