TCU Comes Up Short To No. 23 Oklahoma
March 08, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU not only put the finishing touches on its regular-season Saturday, but also closed the doors to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum dropping a 97-67 decision to No. 23 Oklahoma.
The Horned Frogs, who will play Baylor in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship next Wednesday, trailed by only seven with 1:30 left to go in the first half, but lost their tracking in the second half of action Saturday despite shooting a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe.
In his final home game, senior Jarvis Ray, who recorded two blocks in the contest, had a career-night, scoring a career-high 18 points on 9-for-18 from the field, while grabbing a team-high six boards. In all, the Louisiana native posted career-highs in points, field goals made, field goals attempted and blocks.
Junior Kyan Anderson was also in double-figures with 17 points on 6-of-13 from the floor. He also dished out four assists in the loss. Freshman Karviar Shepherd rounded out the Frogs' double-digit performers with 10 points on 4-of-9 from the field.
The Sooners showed why they head into next week's championship as the league's No. 2 seed, having four players score in double-figures Saturday. Buddy Hield led the way, scoring a game-high 24 points, while Isaiah Cousins and Cameron Clark tallied 18 points apiece, respectively. Ryan Spangler added 10 points and six boards on the day.
With the loss, TCU closed its regular-season at 9-21 overall and 0-18 in conference play. Oklahoma improved to 23-8 on the season and 12-6 in Big 12 action. On the day, Ray and fellow senior Thomas Montigel played their final home game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, which will now undergo a $59 million dollar renovation.
The two teams would go back and forth the first couple of minutes of the game and the Frogs would take an 8-7 lead at the charity stripe about four minutes in. Anderson pushed the Frog advantage to 10-9 a few minutes later, dropping a step-back jumper with a little over 15 minutes to go in the opening frame.
With the scoreboard sitting at 23-13 in favor of Oklahoma after a 13-4 run, freshman Hudson Price went to work, driving by his defender and laying it off the glass to stymie the Sooner attack at the midway point of the first half. A few moments later, Shepherd connected on an old fashioned three-point play at the 9:40 mark to make it a 29-22 game.
Anderson would pull the Frogs within 29-24 on a step-back jumper, but Oklahoma answered on the other end to halt the Purple and White by going on a 10-2 run to take a 37-26 lead down the stretch. Brandon Parrish and Anderson would cool the Sooners with a little over four minutes to go in the half, ticking the twine on back-to-back possessions.
Ray would make it a 41-34 game after knifing through the lane for a layup late in the half, but OU would take a 53-38 lead into the break.
Oklahoma stormed out of the locker room to take a 60-38 lead before Ray drove to the hole to stymie the Sooner attack. The senior would continue to get after it on the offensive end of the court a few moments later, flushing both a dunk off an assist from Anderson and a deep jumper to inch the Frogs closer five minutes into the period.
TCU would continue to fight as Anderson would score six-straight for the Frogs to make it a 72-56 game at the 11-minute mark, but Oklahoma wasn't to be denied Saturday night.
The Purple and White will open the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship next Wednesday against Baylor. Start time is set for 8:30 p.m. CT from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
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