Cowboys Fall To Last-Place Horned Frogs

Just days after becoming the first team in Oklahoma State history to win three straight regular season games over ranked teams the Cowboys set another first on Saturday. But this time it’s not something to celebrate as the No. 21 Cowboys didn’t look anything like the team that defeated three top-25 teams in suffering a 70-55 loss to TCU, the first ever loss to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.

The Cowboys, now 17-8 overall and 7-6 in the Big 12, saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, while TCU won for the first time in eight games. The Horned Frogs improve to 15-9 and 2-9.

TCU shot a season-best 52 percent from the field (26 of 50). In addition, the Division I team with the worst free-throw shooting percentage (ranked 344th while making only 59.4 percent of its free throws this season) made a season-high 78.3 percent of its foul shots (18 of 23) against the Cowboys on Saturday.

"We just got outplayed," OSU coach Travis Ford said. "(I told the team) keep your head up. You don't put your head down when you don't deserve to, and we don't deserve to. TCU outplayed us, give TCU credit. It was a disappointing performance. We don't deserve to put our head down."

TCU senior Amric Fields came off the bench to score 12 points, including making 6 of 7 free throws. He entered the game making less than 40 percent of his foul shots. The Horned Frogs also got contributions from Kyan Anderson (14 points, 7 assists), Trey Ziegler (13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, 5 rebounds), and Karviar Shepherd (10 points).

Le’Bryan Nash (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Jeff Newberry (10 points) were the only Cowboys in double figures.

Phil Forte, who entered the game averaging 17.0 points (third best in the Big 12), was limited to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. It was only his second game this season in which he didn’t reach double figures, and his lowest scoring game since being held to five points in a 75-49 loss to South Carolina on Dec. 6.

The Cowboys were actually in the game when Nash’s two free throws tied it 48-48 with 8:08 left in the game, but they only scored three field goals over the final eight minutes. TCU used a 22-7 run to end the game.

"We were very flat. I didn't do a good job getting our team ready. We had no one show up," Ford said. "We had a lot of bad performances. We were just flat, very, very flat. Give TCU credit, they made some big shots. They made us pay for every mistake. They outplayed us tonight."

The Cowboys are back in action Wednesday night when they return to Gallagher-Iba Arena to face 14th-ranked Iowa State, which improved to 18-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big 12 with Saturday’s 79-59 victory over No. 21 West Virginia. The Cyclones won 63-61 over the Cowboys in Ames, Iowa on Jan. 6.

"I'm anxious to see how we respond because that wasn't a very good performance," Ford said. "We were just very, very flat, turned the ball over, our defense wasn't strong at all.

"As I told them, I'm not mad, just disappointed."

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