Texas Sweeps TCU

The Longhorns cut short an attempted Horned Frog rally in beating TCU 68-59, claiming Texas's first road win of the season.

A game that featured two of the Big 12's worst offensive teams figured to resemble a sloppy contest that was played with grease on the ball and a lid on the basket.

But both Texas and TCU were able to find two of their better performances offensive performances, with the Longhorns shooting 50 percent, the Horned Frogs shooting 45.7 percent and the two teams combining to commit just 19 turnovers (Texas 9, TCU 10). Only a slow tempo — TCU plays at the slowest tempo in the Big 12 — an a poor combined free throw performance kept both teams from scoring higher.

TCU never led in the game, though that statistic could certainly be considered misleading. Texas pushed the lead into the double-digits a few times, but never more than 12 points, and most of the contest played out in the single digits. The Longhorns had an 11-point advantage after a Ioannis Papapetrou three-pointer with 16:43 left, though Texas wasn't able to put the game away. Instead, TCU went on an 18-7 run, tying the game at the 8:42 mark with a pair of Nate Butler Lind free throws.

But that tie, the only one of the game, was short-lived. Less than 30 seconds later, Connor Lammert had an outstanding tip in of a Myck Kabongo missed layup to put the Longhorns back up two, and though Texas never truly ran away with it, the lead was a more comfortable eight less than three minutes after that. TCU never really went away, and trailed by just five points after a DeVonta Abron layup with 2:16 remaining.

The Horned Frogs then got a missed shot when Lammert's three-point attempt was errant — Lammert's only miss of the day — but weren't able to corral the offensive rebound. Instead, Jonathan Holmes grabbed it, and after running off more clock, DeMarcus Holland made a three-pointer of his own to push the lead back to eight. Holmes added a free throw later for the final nine-point margin.

Ioannis Papapetrou continued his recent run of hot play with a 15-point effort, including a 4-of-8 streak from three-point range. Lammert was second on the Longhorns with both 13 points and three assists, while he also led the team with seven rebounds. Kabongo played all but one minute of the game, scoring 12 points and dishing out seven assists to just two turnovers.

The Longhorns are still searching for their ideal backcourt pairing, with Holland playing 22 minutes, Julien Lewis playing 15, Javan Felix playing 13 and team leading scorer Sheldon McClellan playing just one minute. Other than that one minute played, McClellan didn't show up in the scorebook, not taking a shot, grabbing a rebound, nor getting an assist, block or steal.

Garlon Green scored 15 points for the Horned Frogs, though he took 15 shots (6-for-15) to get them. TCU was most-buoyed by the guard play of Butler Lind and Kyan Anderson. The two combined to shoot 6-of-13 and score 22 points, but more importantly, they dished out 13 assists to just four turnovers as the typically turnover-prone Frogs found the handle.

TCU (10-16, 1-12) remains in last place in the Big 12. Texas (12-14, 4-9) pulled within two games of sixth-place West Virginia. The Longhorns host Big 12 co-leader Kansas State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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