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TCU Gets Narrow Victory Over Tech 62-61

The Frogs now have as many Big 12 wins this season (6) as they had in the past three seasons combined.

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In a tight game that was back-and-forth throughout the entire 2nd half, TCU came away with the win over Texas Tech 62-61. The Frogs have now won 3 straight games are creating some momentum at the right time.

Texas Tech led a majority of the game, especially in the 1st half, but was never able to pull away from the Frogs. TCU did not take a lead until JD Miller knocked down a three with 5 seconds remaining in the 1st half. That shot put the Frogs up 30-29 going into halftime.

In the 2nd half, Jaylen Fisher and Vladimir Brodziansky along with Miller came alive for TCU in a big way. The teams traded buckets in the closing minutes of the game, but Alex Robinson made 1 of 2 free throws with 1.4 seconds to remaining to put the Frogs on top and seal the victory.

Fisher led the team with 17 points and Vlad added in 14 points, a majority of which came in the 2nd half. Miller dropped in 15 points for the Frogs tonight and was 4/4 from beyond the arc. Kenny Hustle, one of the Big 12’s top rebounders, pulled down 11 boards to go along with 2 points.

As a team, it was a sloppy game, as the Frogs turned the ball over 21 times compared to 9 turnovers for Tech. However, TCU outrebounded them 35-28 and was 47.6% from the field, whereas the Red Raiders were 40.7%. It was also a good night from deep for the Frogs, where they went 9/22.

Keenan Evans led Tech in scoring with 20 points and Zach Smith finished the game with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

The win improves TCU’s overall record to 17-7 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play. Their 6 conference wins this season equals the program’s total over the past three seasons combined. Meanwhile, Texas Tech falls to 16-8 overall and 4-7 in conference. This was a critical game for both teams in terms of the NCAA Tournament, but especially for Tech who needed a road win to boost their RPI. For the Frogs, they are currently projected as a 10-seed by ESPN, and tonight’s win should only move them up.

Next up, the Frogs will be traveling down to Waco to take on #6 Baylor on Saturday at 1 on ESPNU.