“When we’re playing well, that’s what it should look like,” the third-year TCU coach said after the Horned Frogs’ 69-55 victory Wednesday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, only their fifth victory all time in the Big 12. “When we’re sharing the ball, guys are shooting with confidence, yeah, that’s what it should look like.”
Chris Washburn scored 17 points and TCU beat Kansas State 69-55 on Wednesday night, giving the Frogs consecutive Big 12 victories for the first time since joining the league.
The Wildcats briefly made things interesting in the second half behind an all-energy lineup of Jevon Thomas, Brian Rohleder, Tre Harris, Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams. They started the half on a 13-2 run behind several shots from Harris and hustle plays from Rohleder, a walk-on, and pulled to within six points when Williams hit a free throw to make the score 41-35 with 11:32 remaining, but they could get no closer.
In a game where the Horned Frogs, who have now won two-straight league games, led the entire way, TCU could do no wrong on either end of the court Wednesday, holding the Wildcats to a dismal 16 percent from the field in the first half and 34.5 percent from the floor for the game. In the first half alone, the Purple and White held K-State scoreless from the field for over 9 minutes of action, while going on a 19-0 run to close the half.
TCU basketball coach Trent Johnson complimented Kansas State after Wednesday’s game, saying that few teams in the Big 12 play consistently harder than the Wildcats.
Alas, it was a frigid Wednesday in February, on a high-school gym floor in Texas, at a Big 12 basketball showdown between one purple team with little hoops history, finding its feet, and another with a proud basketball legacy content to shoot off toe after toe with a sawed-off 12 gauge.