Fort Worth, TX - The game closed with a hearty Rock Chalk chant from the visiting Kansas fans, as TCU fell to the Jayhawks 60-46 on Saturday.
Desmond Bane led TCU with 20 points, while RJ Nembhard added 11, and PJ Fuller contributed 10. The rest of the Frogs managed just five points along the way, as TCU once again shot below 38% from the floor as a team, and less than 30% from three, falling to 4-6 in Big 12 play.
Kansas’ center Udoka Azubuike scored 20 points for the Jayhawks, seemingly all of which were dunks (he had nine on the day). Meanwhile, point guard Devon Dotson added 18 points and 11 assists.
TCU opened the game strong, making three of their first four shots from the floor to take an early 6-2 lead. But Kansas quickly turned it on, and TCU went cold - shooting just 3-15 over the next 10-ish minutes - as Kansas asserted themselves with a 24-13 lead. TCU continued to struggle offensively, and they trailed 31-18 at the break. It was the lowest scoring first half for TCU this season.
The second half didn’t look like it would be much better, with TCU hanging around but consistently trailing by about 10-12 points.
Then, Desmond Bane hit a three, followed by a Francisco Farabello three, and the Frogs trailed by eight. A few minutes later Fuller cut the deficit to nine with an and-1 play, and then back to back baskets from Nembhard and Fuller had the Frogs trailing just 42-37.
Kansas got a basket out of a timeout, and then Nembhard hit a corner three to cut the deficit to 44-40, sending Schollmaier Arena into a frenzy.
An unfortunate turn of events killed the momentum, though, as two bad TCU turnovers led to questionable foul calls on fast breaks for Kansas. Just like that, the Jayhawks were back up 51-40, and they never looked back.
TCU sits at 13-10 on the season and 4-6 in Big 12 play, looking for a way to right the ship. They travel to Lubbock on Monday for a matchup against Texas Tech. It will be an uphill battle considering how TCU has played on the road this season, but a win on Monday could be the thing that turns the season back around for the Frogs.
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