Johnson Evaluates Performance vs. Tech

TCU fell to 0-5 on the season in Big 12 play with a 60-49 loss to Texas Tech. Trent Johnson gave his thoughts following the tough home loss.

Freshman Karviar Shepherd had a career-high 15 points for TCU on Saturday, but the Horned Frogs fell to Texas Tech by a score of 60-49.

TCU finished the first half on a 16-1 run to take a one point lead into the locker room after a 1-19 shooting start.

Freshman Brandon Parrish hit a corner three pointer to give TCU a one point lead with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Red Raiders reasserted themselves in the second half and validated their upset win over Baylor.

The Red Raiders have now won back to back Big 12 games for the first time since 2011. Dusty Hannahs led the Red Raiders with 13 points on just 2-4 shooting. Hannahs, a 91 percent free throw shooter, connected on all seven of his attempts from the line.

TCU head coach Trent Johnson reacts below and explains who he is still excited for the remaining 13 games on TCU's schedule. Quotes from Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith are included as well.

The Frogs take on Kansas next weekend at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, but beforehand, they take on Oklahoma in Norman on Wednesday.

Trent Johnson On his overall reaction: "We had opportunities, but it's tough. We just didn't shoot the ball well. We played with some passion, got some energy. I thought the student section was unbelievable, and the kids fed off of that." On reason for poor shooting: "The guys just pressed a little bit through shooting the ball, and we got a little tired. Guys have to get in on their own in their spare time and shoot the ball more…Game speed, game shots. The most important thing is for the kids in the locker room to stay together and understand why you're not being successful. Athletics is fair. What you put in is whay you get out of it."

Continued: "When things go bad, we have a tendency to not play as hard as we can. Every day I come to work, it's full pedal to the metal." On opportunity to improve: "I love it from the stand point that if you want to get better, you want to do it against good teams and good players, and we're certainly in the league to do that."

On Karviar Shepherd's career-high: "He got back to being himself. It happens with every freshman, and there is so much attention. It's almost like you anoint them before they're even good. Karviar is going to get better with time. He works, and the game is important to him. He now understands versus this team or this guy, this is a shot he can take; this is a shot he can't take."

Tubby Smith On his team's 60-49 win: "Our guys toughed it out. They showed a lot of courage. We felt very fortunate to get the win."

On following up Baylor upset with another solid performance: "You have to continually validate that you are doing things well and you have to do that in a game. The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins the game. I think this gives us some confidence that you can put together consecutive games and play with consistency. We're still a work in progress."

On playing a Trent Johnson coached team: "TCU is a team that they don't give up. That's one thing about Trent's teams."


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