At a critical time, Trent Johnson and Trey Zeigler had one of those coach-player moments.
The player had nearly made a mistake. The coach was ready to chew him out.
But Johnson couldn’t quite do it. He put his hands around Zeigler’s head, said, “Be smarter,” and left it at that.
They both walked away with a smile, knowing how close they were to a long-awaited second Big 12 victory, Saturday’s 70-55 triumph over No. 21 Oklahoma State.
TCU was handed an early opportunity thanks to a pretty silly mistake on the part of Oklahoma State’s Anthony Allen. An NCAA rule prohibits dunking in the 20 minutes prior to tip off. Allen didn’t get that memo. He was assessed a technical and the game began with TCU taking two free throws. That may seem like a death sentence the way TCU has shot its free throws this year, but Kyan Anderson nailed them both and the Horned Frogs started with an early advantage.
Amric Fields had 12 points and a big part in an upset-sealing run as last-place TCU beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 70-55 on Saturday after the Cowboys had won three consecutive Big 12 games against ranked teams.
Oklahoma State (17-8, 7-6 Big 12) was within 56-53 when Anthony Hickey found a wide-open gap and drove for a layup high off the glass with 4:52 left. But the Cowboys then went nearly 3 1/2 minutes without scoring as the Horned Frogs (15-10, 2-10) went on their second 10-0 run of the second half.
With the win, the Horned Frogs improved to 15-10 overall and 2-10 in Big 12 action, while the Cowboys, who came into Saturday having defeated three-straight ranked opponents, fell to 17-8 overall and 7-6 in league play.
Evan Skoug and Keaton Jones each hit their first career home runs, and the TCU offense had 22 hits in a 16-4 win Saturday over Southern Illinois at Lupton Stadium.
TCU exploded for 13 runs in the first four innings and cruised to a 16-4 victory over Southern Illinois to clinch the series. Keaton Jones and Evan Skoug homered for the Horned Frogs.
The TCU women's basketball team couldn't recover from a sluggish first half, falling to Oklahoma by a score of 77-54 on Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Coliseum.
Track & Field
The TCU men's and women's track and field teams concluded the Tyson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 14, with a new school record in the women's distance medley relay.