Despite leading for the better part of the game, the Sooners fell 60-57 at the hand of the TCU Horned Frogs in Ft. Worth.
The Frogs didn’t hold a lead until TCU’s Alex Robinson hit a pair of free throws with 3:38 remaining. The hapless Sooners, who shot 37% on the night, couldn’t recover.
“I liked our production for 35 minutes, but TCU did a great job down the stretch. Robinson was terrific taking the game over,” coach Lon Kruger said. “We’ll get better from this…we’ve got a lot of things to work on. We’ve got a group that will continue to work at it, and we’ve got to make progress quickly.”
The Sooners broke down in the home stretch of the game, giving up a 21-6 run to TCU beginning around the 13 minute marker of the second half, and it was all but over–the Frogs blew the doors off the Sooners.
Although the Sooners are free-falling, losing their fifth straight game, the Horned Frogs are soaring: they improve to 12-2 on the season. There’s not much room for optimism, as Jordan Woodard has missed his third straight game and the schedule doesn’t get any lighter.
The first half, by stark contrast to the second, was pretty fruitful for the Sooners. They appeared to come out with energy and swagger, pouring on a 15-6 lead early in the game. The pesky Frogs just wouldn’t go away though, closing the lead to four at the half, 38-34. 25 of the Sooner’s first half points came from the bench.
One large factor in TCU’s victory was on the defensive end: the Frogs blocked 13 shots and out-rebounded the Sooners by 10 on the defensive end. Seven out of 10 TCU players who saw playing time recorded a block.
“This is a big win, especially for the four seniors that have been here throughout our time in the Big 12,” senior TCU forward Karviar Shepherd said. “It just gives us even more confidence because there are no easy games in the Big 12.”
And don’t the Sooners know: a Final Four team last season, they’re now free-falling, losing five straight. Kameron McGusty led the way for the Sooners with 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Darrion Strong-Moore and Matt Freeman also scored 10 points each off the bench.
The Sooners fall to 6-7, 0-2 in conference play. TCU improves to 12-2, 1-1 in conference play. Next up for OU: they take on the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan on January 7th.