Trent Johnson: It's unacceptable

A poor shooting performance overshadowed another decent defensive night for the TCU basketball team that is now 6-3 on the season, but head coach Trent Johnson was upset after the game with selfish play

TaShawn Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Houston Cougars as they defeated Trent Johnson's TCU Horned Frogs by a score of 54-48 Thursday night.

The loss set the Frogs back to 6-3 on the season.

Head coach Trent Johnson was unhappy with his team's selfish play to start the game.

"But what I can't deal with is how we started this game. There were some guys playing for themselves. There were some things that I was caught off guard by," Johnson said.

"For me as much as I coach, teach, and repeat stuff, somebody ain't listening. There is no secret to it. For that to happen at home, for us to get outrebounded at home, for us to play like that in front of our people at home, really bothers me. It really really bothers me. It's bigger than winning and losing."

"It's going to be address and it's going to be dealt with and now they're going to see the ugly side of Coach Johnson."

The beginning of both halves was treacherous for the Frogs as they began both shooting just 1-10 from the floor, and they finished the game shooting just 33 percent.

"I can deal with missed shots. Us as coaches it's our responsibility to make sure they get open shots. It's their responsibility to make them," Johnson said.

"The thing that disturbs me is how this thing got started, and then when we played though and made a couple of baskets, we decided we wanted to guard a little bit. We wanted to execute a little bit."

Adrick McKinney tallied his second career double-double as he grabbed 20 rebounds to go along with 10 points.

"The only positive for me is Adrick McKinney's improvement. He had 20 rebounds and probably should have had 30 as many shots as we missed," Trent Johnson said.

The opponent was different, but the story was the same for a TCU team that has struggled offensively all season.

"We had a ton of open shots, but the thing I struggled with was guys searching for his own individual [game], and that led to a lot of turnovers."

"Houston had more resiliency. They had more toughness, and they executed their stuff at crucial times," Johnson said.

Senior Garlon Green played just 15 minutes, scoring two points, and point guard Kyan Anderson started just despite leading the Frogs in scoring with 20 points.

The Frogs shooting woes carried over to the free throw line as well. The Frogs were just 5-13 from the line.

Poor shooting from the charity strike combined with half a dozen rim outs was dooming for a TCU team that must be opportunistic on the offensive end.

The Frogs came into the game allowing their opponent just 52 points per game, and TCU's defense allowed the Frogs to hang around with a more talented and more athletic Houston team.

Houston shot just 34 percent on the night and talented freshman Danuel House was held to nine points on just 2-10 shooting.

The Frogs next game will be on the road at Tulsa Saturday.


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