No. 10 West Virginia routs TCU 73-42

West Virginia rolls against TCU (0:45)

The Mountaineers force 26 Horned Frogs turnovers in a 73-42 win over TCU. (0:45)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jonathan Holton returned from a suspension to lead four West Virginia players in double figures on Saturday as the 10th-ranked Mountaineers assured themselves of at least a tie for first place in the Big 12 with a 73-42 rout of TCU.

The winner of Saturday's Oklahoma-Kansas game will be tied for first with West Virginia.

Holton, who served a four-game suspension for a violation of team rules, had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Mountaineers (20-5, 9-3), while Esa Ahmad had a career-high 14 points and five rebounds, and Devin Williams, had his Big 12-leading 11th double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. He became West Virginia's 50th 1,000-point scorer.

Jaysean Paige had 10 points for West Virginia.

Chauncey Collins of TCU (11-14, 2-10) scored 20 against WVU for a second time this season.

West Virginia is 8-0 all-time against TCU with all the games being played in the Big 12.

The Mountaineers went 2-2 without Holton. Not only did he give them a scoring and rebounding weapon, he also led a defense that forced 26 turnovers. West Virginia turned those into 26 points.

Holton entered the game with 16:29 remaining in the first half. He hit a 3-pointer and then took a perfect pass for a layup and a 22-10 lead.

His slam dunk later made it 33-15.

The 31-point margin was West Virginia's highest in Big 12 play this season.


TCU: The Horned Frogs snapped a seven-game losing streak in the conference on Monday when they beat Oklahoma State 63-56. ... The Frogs trailed 25-16 at the half. The 16 points were a halftime low.

WEST VIRGIONIA: The win was the 785th for coach Bob Huggins in 34 years. He is one victory behind Lefty Driesell for ninth place on the all-time list.


TCU hosts Kansas State on Tuesday.

West Virginia is at No. 24 Texas on Tuesday. The Longhorns beat the Mountaineers 56-49 earlier this season.