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TCU falls short against No. 17 WVU, 95-87

Different year, same story.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

TCU fought valiantly against one of the better teams in a stacked Big 12, but fell short to No. 17 West Virginia by a score of

Chauncey Collins and Karviar Shepherd led the way for TCU with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Shepherd also had five rebounds. Malique Trent added 15 points to the mix

West Virginia was hit with foul trouble early and often, as they accumulated 33 fouls throughout the contest. A total of 58 fouls were called on the night. The Mountaineers also had 21 turnovers on the evening, meaning that TCU had every opportunity to run away with this game.

The Frogs capitalized from the free throw line, shooting 35-of-40 from the charity stripe, and took a 47-45 lead into the half, but the story unfolded a lot like a 2014-15 game, with TCU simply fading late as the Mountaineers' depth overwhelmed them. TCU also lost the rebounding battle 32-26.

a 10-2 run by West Virginia helped them take a 62-60 lead over TCU early in the second half, and they steadily built a lead until around the 4:00 minute mark, when TCU began to claw back into the game. Unfortunately, with TCU down 82-77, Chris Washburn was nailed with the foul-dead-ball-technical combo, which gave West Virginia four free throws and the ball. The Mountaineers made three free throws and hit a three-pointer on the following possession to grow their lead to 88-77, and they never looked back.

The Mountaineers had five players in double figures, led by Jaysean Paige with 20 points. On the night, WVU shot 57.7% from the floor and 52.9% from deep, helping counter their foul trouble and turnovers.

TCU's next game comes Saturday, when they play host to 8-5 Texas at 6:00 p.m.