TCU used a slow pace of play and a first half rebounding edge to carry a 22-21 lead into the locker room at Baylor Saturday night.
The Frogs' first ranked Big 12 defense held Baylor to just 31 percent shooting in the first half.
The Bears stretched their first half lead to six twice, but TCU was able to make enough shots to stay with the more talented Baylor team.
The first eight minutes of the second half were no different as the Frogs continued to effectively utilize the game's slow place.
At the 15:59 mark, Kyan Anderson lost his dribble which bounced off an official out-of-bounds.
Trent Johnson did not like the call. A technical foul ensued.
Just a few minutes later, Baylor started a 12-0 run that was capped off by a dunk by freshman Isaiah Austin.
? Jefferson finished with 15 points while Austin added in 10 of his own.
Garlon Green who had been averaging 18.5 points per game since early December was silenced by the Bears. The senior forward was held scoreless.
Foul trouble kept Green out of the game in the first half. Before the first media timeout, Green had two personal fouls that kept him on the bench the rest of the half.
"We can't complain when we play tough defense. That's what we hang our hat on," Abron said.
TCU had cut the Baylor lead to eight with 7:30 to play, but a Kyan Anderson turnover resulted in a Pierre Jackson three pointer on the other end.
TCU would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Freshman guard Charles Hill Jr. was effective for TCU in his first career start. The Fort Worth native scored 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds as well.
"It definitely helped my confidence a lot," Hill said.
"Charles is a good kid. He has been receptive to coaching, and it took him a while to adjust to [the speed] at the college level, but he played well," head coach Trent Johnson said.
TCU shot just 33 percent from the floor compared to 40 percent for the Bears.
"I have to find a way to get these guys some help," Trent Johnson said. "It's frustrating when you have a chance to win a ball game."
TCU will play Kansas State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.