LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) TCU’s losing streak is over.
The Horned Frogs broke a 23-game Big 12 skid with a 62-42 road win against Texas Tech on Saturday. The victory was also their first on the road in Big 12 play.
Their last Big 12 win came March 9, 2013, in a 70-67 home win against Oklahoma.
”It’s been a long time coming in league play for us this year,” Horned Frogs coach Trent Johnson said. ”We don’t have time to worry about what’s happened in the past as opposed to moving forward to the future.”
Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Horned Frogs 14-3, 1-3), and Chauncey Collins added 10. But their team’s defense, which entered the game No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage (34.5 percent) and No. 12 in scoring defense (55.9 points per game), led the Horned Frogs to their streak-busting win.
The Red Raiders (10-8, 0-5) shot 11 of 48 (22.9 percent) and had season lows in shooting percentage (20 percent) and points (14) in the first half, their fewest points at halftime since 1998.
Randy Onwuasor scored 10 points for the Red Raiders. Just four other Texas Tech players had between six and seven points, and the Red Raiders shot 3 of 16 (18.8 percent) from 3-point range.
”Maybe the worst output that we’ve had here,” said Red Raiders coach Tubby Smith, whose team has started 0-5 in conference play for the first time in his 24-year head coaching career. ”We missed a lot of easy baskets. Nobody shot over 50 percent. That’s a bad day.”
He added the Red Raiders may need to consult a sports psychologist to break out of their mental slump. Their 22.9 shooting percentage was their lowest since at least the 1996-97 season.
His team trailed 24-14 at halftime, but the Horned Frogs scored seven consecutive points, including three apiece from Anderson and Washburn, to extend their lead to 17 points, 31-14.
A Devaugntah Williams jump shot trimmed TCU’s lead to 11, 38-27, with 10:55 left in the second half, but the Horned Frogs stymied any chance of a rally with eight consecutive points over the next 1:50 for a 46-27 lead.
They led by as many as 20 points three times in the second half.
”It never ends in this league,” Johnson said. ”It never, never ends.”
TCU: The Horned Frogs have struggled in close games late this season. They have trailed by single digits in the last 5 minutes of all three of their losses, but they haven’t trailed in the final five minutes of any of their 14 wins this season. At the 5-minute mark against Texas Tech on Saturday, they led by 17 points.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders used their seventh different starting lineup of the season Saturday, when Onwuasor joined Devaugntah Williams, Zach Smith, Robert Turner and Norense Odiase. In their previous game, the Red Raiders had four freshmen and one sophomore, the youngest in the country.
The Red Raiders trailed by 17 points with 12:50 left but scored six consecutive points over the next 1:55 to trim their deficit to 38-27. However, Collins then made consecutive free throws and the Horned Frogs poured in six more points to build a 19-point lead they didn’t come close to losing.
TCU plays host to Texas on Monday.
Texas Tech plays at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.