In a critical game for the Horned Frogs’ postseason chances, TCU came up just short against Oklahoma State at home, falling 71-68. The Frogs needed to come away with a win, but instead lost their 2nd straight as they approach a very difficult portion of the schedule.
JD Miller led the way for the Frogs, scoring 18 points on 6/11 shooting. Kenrich Williams finished the game with a double-double, dropping in 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. As a team, TCU was impressive from the line, going 12/13. If they had been able to get to the line a little bit more, they could have won this game.
Overall, the team played fairly well, but fell off toward the end of the game and couldn’t finish. They kept firing off threes hoping to find a dagger that would put away the Cowboys, but nothing would fall. Dixon also pulled seniors Michael Williams and Chris Washburn, who both had played well off the bench, in the final minutes. It can’t be said for certain that leaving them in would have won the game, but their experience could’ve helped in the final couple minutes.
Leyton Hammonds torched the Frogs in the first half by knocking down numerous threes and killing any momentum TCU could generate. He finished the game with 21 points and was 5/8 from deep. Jeffrey Carroll also played well, scoring 17 points, and star point guard Jawun Evans added in 16 points while also having 12 assists.
There were some questionable calls down the stretch, but ultimately the Frogs didn’t take the right chances and didn’t put away a team that they needed to beat. The loss drops TCU to 17-9 overall and 6-7 in Big 12 play, which puts them in 6th place.
TCU’s NCAA hopes are not done yet, but they will need to find a few wins in the coming weeks. The upcoming schedule is full of some tough challenges (@ Iowa State, @ #3 Kansas, vs. #9 West Virginia), but also provides some great opportunities for some signature wins.