Jevon Carter sank two free throws with 1 second left in overtime to lift No. 18 West Virginia to an 86-85 victory over TCU on Saturday.
After Trey Zeigler made a basket in the lane with 2 seconds left to put TCU ahead by one, the Mountaineers threw a long pass over the Horned Frogs’ defense to Carter streaking downcourt. Carter missed a layup but was fouled by Anderson, to the disbelief of some of the Frogs players.
Carter said he initially thought he cost his team a chance to win the game.
“Then I looked at the ref and he had his hand up and I was like, ‘Thank the Lord,’” Carter said.
West Virginia (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) made 6 of 8 free throws in overtime after going 16 of 24 in regulation.
TCU led 80-75 after Anderson’s jumper with 1:16 left in overtime, but Daxter Miles Jr. hit 3-pointers 21 seconds apart to put West Virginia ahead 84-83 with 8 seconds left.
Staten and Devin Williams had 18 points apiece for the Mountaineers. Jonathan Holton added 15 points and Miles scored 10.
Anderson scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures for the Horned Frogs (14-5, 1-5).
TCU had a chance to match the number of league wins (2) it had in the past two seasons combined. The Horned Frogs held a 47-37 rebounding advantage and made 5 of 6 field goals in overtime but missed three free throws in the final minute.
“We had opportunities from the free throw line and we didn’t get it done,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “This is one thing about athletics that I really struggle with. These losses are really hard.
“We need to regroup.”
In regulation, TCU came from eight points down in the final nine minutes, with Zeigler’s turnaround jumper in the lane giving the Horned Frogs a 72-70 lead.
Miles hit a layup with 1 second left, and TCU turned the ball over on the subsequent inbounds play without any time ticking off the clock.
Staten then inbounded to Williams, who had his back turned to the basket and missed an off-balanced short shot at the buzzer.
TCU junior guard Charles Hill Jr., who hadn’t played since Dec. 29, had all of his 13 points in the second half before fouling out. Kenrich Williams and Amric Fields had 11 points apiece, and Zeigler and Chris Washburn had 10 apiece.