The Frogs knocked off Creighton 71-58, leading by as many as 19 in the second half. Kouat Noi paced TCU with 25 points.
“The last few games, I wasn’t really shooting it,” Noi said. “Tonight I came out with a better mindset and just knocked down some shots.”
The Frogs used a dominant second half to pull away for the victory.
But after regrouping in the locker room, TCU found its stride and never looked back against a Creighton team that was shooting 61 percent from the field prior. The Horned Frogs roared out of the half by scoring 16 consecutive points, ultimately outscoring Creighton 41-25 with a 23-15 edge in rebounds over the final 20 minutes.
Cross spent 12 seasons as the head coach at UT-Arlington, prior to his season as an assistant under Dixon. Cross has said he’s staying on the TCU bench for the duration of their NIT run.
“I’m forever indebted to Coach Dixon for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff and I’m fired up to take the things I’ve learned during my time at TCU and put them to work in my next job,” Cross said. “Even though I won’t be a part of the the Horned Frog program next season, I’ll remain one of TCU’s biggest fans and try to catch as many games as I can on TV.”
Jake Guenther hit a three-run home run, and the bullpen pitched six shutout innings in the victory.
TCU broke the game open in the fifth with a pair of two out runs. Isola poked a two-run single into right center to bring home Zach Humphreysand Watson for a 5-2 lead. The Frogs tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a Humphreys RBI-double. Barr started for the Frogs and allowed two runs on three hits. He fanned four. Spencer Arrighetti picked up the win in relief. He allowed three hits and struck out five. James Notary picked up a pair of strikeouts in his two innings of work and Augie Mihlbauer closed it out with a scoreless ninth.
The Keefer injury is a big blow, but hopefully the outfielder won’t miss too much time. And in the meantime, Wolfe is athletic enough to play in right.
As their pitching sorts out, the Frogs can use plate production from as many places as possible because right fielder Andrew Keefer (.272, 17 RBIs) is now out indefinitely. The junior sprained his ankle in batting practice Tuesday, leaving him questionable for the weekend.
Coincidentally, Keefer had been scheduled to have the day off, while shortstop Hunter Wolfe played right field, a bid by Schlossnagle to build versatility — an aim heightened by the loss of leadoff hitter Porter Brown to season-ending shoulder surgery last week.