Frogs rally falls short against Horns

Sophomore Myck Kabongo led Texas to its fourth Big 12 win of the year. The Frogs fell to 10-16 on the season.

Ioannis Papapetrou led Texas with 15 points as the Longhorns knocked off TCU by a score of 68-59 Tuesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

"This is really hard right now," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. "Really hard. This is painful. It's going to be a long night. This one hurts."

"We were better that we were in the last two and a half weeks, but I have great respect for [Rick Barnes]. I don't think people appreciate how good they've been."

The Longhorns' sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo played just his third game of the season, finishing with 12 points and seven assists.

"We were as efficient offensively as we were all year," Texas head coach Rick Barnes said.

TCU was led in scoring by Garlon Green who scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half. Senior Nate Butler Lind had a career-high 12 points as well.

With 8:42 remaining, Butler hit two free throws to tie the game at 48. The Frogs had overcome what was a 12 point Texas lead just two minutes into the second half.

With the game tied, Texas scored six in a row, and TCU got no closer than three points down the stretch.

"In terms of league play, I thought we were as efficient offensively as we were all year," Johnson said. "Kabongo makes a big difference. He puts a lot of pressure on you. He's a pro."

Freshmen forward Ioannis Papapetrou said Kabongo's leadership is what makes the biggest difference for a young Texas team.

"It's not just points. He's always positive; he never lets us get down. He's a leader out there," Papapetrou said.

Rick Barnes noted that Papapetrou hit the nail right now the head.

"The bi-products of [having] Myck are just getting guys down the floor," Barnes said. "He's talking and he is communicating really really well with the guys."

TCU shot 46 percent which is a high for a Big 12 game. However, the Frogs struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 58 percent.

"I don't want to hear anything about what we have or don't have. We have to play harder. We have to play better," Johnson said.

TCU will not practice as a team tomorrow. Junior Jarvis Ray will work out and may play Saturday when the Frogs face Kansas.

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