Slow Start Costs TCU in Loss at Kansas

Devonta Abron led TCU with a career-high 18 points.

Devonta Abron led TCU with a career-high 18 points.

Feb. 23, 2013

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – TCU started slow out of the gate and was unable to recover Saturday, dropping a 74-48 road decision at No. 9 Kansas in front of a sold-out crowd at Allen Fieldhouse.

TCU fell to 10-17 overall this season and 1-13 in the Big 12 standings in its bid to duplicate this season’s earlier victory over the Jayhawks on Feb. 6 in Fort Worth, 62-55. Kansas improved to 23-4 overall and kept its first-place standing in the Big 12, moving to 11-3 in the league.

Sophomore forward Devonta Abron led TCU with a solid outing featuring a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Abron made 7-of-11 field-goal attempts and went 4-of-6 at the free-throw line.

Joining Abron in double figures was sophomore guard Kyan Anderson, who totaled 11 points, all in the second half. Sophomore guard Chris Zurcher totaled a team-best three assists off the bench, the first time in his career he led the squad in helpers.

Four Jayhawks reached double digits in points, led by center Jeff Withey, who scored 18 to go with six rebounds. Guards Ben McLemore and Travis Releford added 14 and 12 points, respectively, while forward Perry Ellis chipped in 12. Forward Kevin Young led Kansas to a 36-22 edge on the glass with eight rebounds.

KU jumped on top of TCU from the game’s outset, grabbing an 11-0 lead in the opening minutes on its way to taking a 29-point advantage into halftime. The Frogs struggled mightily from the field in the first 20 minutes, making only 4-of-23 field-goal attempts and missing all seven of their 3’s. The squad also turned the ball over 10 times in the period, resulting in 16 Kansas points. Abron accounted for seven of TCU’s nine first-half points.

While TCU struggled early, KU’s game was sharp. The squad drilled nearly 53 percent of its shots overall, including an even 50 percent from beyond the arc (4-for-8). Kansas clamped down on the Frogs defensively, holding TCU to its lowest point total in a half (nine) since records started being tracked in the 1970s. Ironically, the Frogs held KU to its lowest point total in a half (13) in the first period of the teams’ first meeting of the season.

The Jayhawks put a Frogs win virtually out of reach at the end of the first half, scoring the final 18 points. TCU was held scoreless for the final 8:37 of the stanza.

TCU turned things around offensively in the second half, outscoring the Jayhawks by a 39-36 count. The Frogs hit 13-of-24 attempts from the floor after intermission to help boost their final shooting rate to 36.2 percent overall. Kansas was able to coast in the second half thanks to its big lead and the ability to reach the charity stripe. The squad, which failed to reach the line in the first half, made 18-of-19 free-throw attempts in the second period alone.

TCU returns to Fort Worth for its second straight matchup against a ranked opponent when it plays host to No. 14 Oklahoma State on Wednesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised live by ESPNU, is set for 6 p.m.


 

 


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