FORT WORTH, Texas -- For 31 minutes Saturday, West Virginia was outclassed on the glass at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and had just one offensive rebound in a game that was harder than the Mountaineers needed it to be.
Then with WVU up eight points, Eron Harris, who has made a habit of personal second-half pushes lately, missed a jumper. Kevin Noreen grabbed the rebound in the middle of the paint and bounced it back to Terry Henderson, who'd made all five of his shots in the game.
He missed for the first time in four 3-point attempts, but Noreen grabbed the ball inside again and flicked it back outside again.
This time Harris made the 3 for an 11-point lead with 8:32 to go as WVU was on its way to a third straight win, 63-50, before a crowd of 5,192.
"That started a little bit of a run," Harris said. "It signified that we've just got to fight through to the end and we'll end up on top."
TCU would get as close as seven points on two occasions late, but Aaric Murray, who was a difference-maker on both ends in the second half, made a 3 on the first and Jabarie Hinds had a three-point play on the second with 3:30 remaining.
The lead would grow to be as large as 13 points.
"It's pretty simple," TCU Coach Trent Johnson said. "Physically and mentally they're a lot tougher than we are."
The win was the 722nd in the 1,000th career game for Coach Bob Huggins. It also put WVU's record at 12-11 and above .500 for the first time since a loss at Iowa State Jan. 16 dropped the Mountaineers to 8-8.
At 5-5 in the Big 12, WVU is now in sixth place in the conference standings. WVU also improved to 3-2 in Big 12 road games. Only Kansas (4-1) and Kansas State (4-2) have winning records away from home in conference play. The Mountaineers have road games remaining against both.
The Mountaineers are also 5-0 against conference teams from Texas with sweeps of Texas and TCU and a win at Texas Tech. They play the first of two games left against Baylor Wednesday in Waco and then come home to play host to Texas Tech Saturday.
The first Baylor game starts a stretch where WVU plays seven of its final eight games against teams likely in the NCAA Tournament and inside the RPI's top 50. The Mountaineers have one win (Eastern Kentucky) and nine losses against top-100 teams.
"We're finally coming together as a team," Hinds said. "We're sharing the ball well and talking to each other on the floor and I think our defense has been better and more aggressive because we started to trust each other."
Henderson had 17 points to lead the team in scoring for the first time since Jan. 5. Harris had eight of his 14 points in the second half. In the past three games, he's 4-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half and 9-for-17 and 6-for-11 in the second half.
Hinds added 12 points, four assists and four steals. Murray had seven points, six rebounds and a block, steal and assist, all in the second half.
The Mountaineers shot 51.2 percent from the floor and made 7 of 10 3-point attempts and also had 17 assists to 11 turnovers, but were outrebounded 34-23.