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GoFrogs: Samuel Leads TCU over No. 17 WVU, 67-60, in Overtime

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    GoFrogs: Samuel Leads TCU over No. 17 WVU, 67-60, in Overtime
    FORT WORTH Kevin Samuel's team-high 19 points and clutch free throw shooting helped lead the TCU men's basketball team to a 67-60 victory in overtime over No. 17 West Virginia Saturday afternoon inside Schollmaier Arena.

    The win marked the Horned Frogs' (15-12, 6-8 Big 12) largest come-from-behind victory this season as they were down 10 points early to West Virginia (19-8, 7-7 Big 12). Samuel was 7-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. The sophomore center also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots.

    TCU jumped out to an early 11-6 lead after Samuel blocked four shots in the first four minutes of the game, but the Mountaineers countered with an 11-0 run of their own. With 7:58 to play in the first half, the Frogs trailed 25-15. Using a pair of 6-0 and 8-0 runs they managed to cut the halftime deficit to two points, 31-29, going into the locker room.

    The Frogs opened up the final 20 minutes with four-straight made shots and led for the majority of the half. They led by as many as seven with 12:38 to play, but WVU clawed its way back into the game. On the Mountaineers' final possession, with the game tied at 55, Desmond Bane grabbed the rebound and ran the length of the court, but his go-ahead layup was waived off with 0.9 seconds, on an offensive foul.

    Jaire Grayer opened up the overtime period with a 3-pointer. The Frogs went on to outscore the Mountaineers 12-5, thanks to a 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line, in the extra five-minute period.

    As a team, the Frogs shot 44.4 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. RJ Nembhard also contributed 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

    Up Next
    TCU heads to Ames, Iowa to face the Cyclones Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

    Team Notes
    - TCU's win over No. 17 West Virginia was its highest ranked win over a team since defeating No. 17 Iowa State, 92-83, on Feb. 9, 2019.
    - The Frogs overcame a 10-point deficit, the largest of the season, in the victory.
    - TCU moved to 3-14 all-time against West Virginia.
    - TCU has won three straight games in Fort Worth against West Virginia.
    - TCU has won 16 of its last 23 Big 12 home games.
    - The Frogs held West Virginia to 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from beyond the arc, the second-lowest clip an opponent has shot from three all year.
    - The Frogs scored had their highest free throw percentage in Big 12 action this season at 13-of-16 (81.3 percent).
    - TCU won its first game in the Dixon era when tying the opponent in rebounds, 35-35.
    - The Frogs improved to 2-1 this season and 5-6 under Dixon in overtime.
    - The Frogs started with the lineup of Desmond Bane, PJ Fuller, Jaire Grayer, Kevin Samuel and RJ Nembhard for the third-straight game and third time overall this season.

    Individual Notes
    - Desmond Bane played in his 136th game as a Horned Frog. He ties Brandon Parrish (2013-17) for second all-time.
    - Bane was 2-of-7 from 3-point range, it was the 17th consecutive game he made a 3-pointer.
    - Bane recorded a career-high 10 assists. His previous best was eight against Iowa State on Dec. 15.
    - Kevin Samuel was 7-of-7 from the floor, the third time this season he has been perfect shooting. It was the most field goal attempts without a miss in a game in his career.
    - Samuel blocked five shots and has had multiple blocks in five consecutive games and nine of the last 10 games. It was the eighth time this season he has had five or more blocks in a game.
    - Samuel had 19 points, a career-high in a Big 12 game.
    - RJ Nembhard scored 16 points, the 17th game this season he has had double-digit points.
    - Jaire Grayer matched his conference high in rebounds with six.
  2. The frogs shot 81% from the FT line. More of this please.
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  3. enjoying this for a moment longer.
  4. What ifs are sprouting, but a little late to help for the regular season.
    Let's just end very strong then see what happens in the tourney.
    One thing is for sure, Frogs have some good players to build on.

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