Special to Rattle and Hum Sports
From the TCU athletic department
LUBBOCK, Texas—Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson scored 18 points and sophomore forward Devonta Abron added 16, but TCU was unable to overcome a strong performance by Texas Tech’s frontcourt Saturday during a 72-63 road setback to the Red Raiders at United Spirit Arena.
The loss dropped the Horned Frogs’ season record to 10-19 overall, including 1-15 in Big 12 Conference play. The loss ensures TCU the No. 10 seed in the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, which will be played March 13-16 in Kansas City. Texas Tech improved to 10-17 overall and 3-13 in the league standings.
Tech received a monster performance by its two starting post players, Jordan Tolbert and Dejan Kravic, as the pair combined for 38 points and 17 rebounds against the Frogs. Tolbert scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting, while Kravic added a double-double featuring 16 points and a game-high 11 boards.
Tolbert and Kravic led a strong Red Raider offensive effort that was highlighted by a 62.2-percent shooting rate from the field, the top figure against TCU this season. The squad did most of its damage in the paint, outscoring the Frogs by a 42-22 count, but it did also sink 4-of-9 shots from beyond the arc. TCU was unable to match the Red Raiders’ efficiency, making only 39.2 percent of its shots.
Anderson led the Frogs in the scorebook for the second-straight game, making 6-of-15 field goals, including a career-high four 3’s. Abron chipped in his third-best scoring performance as a Frog with the help of an 8-of-12 showing at the free-throw line. He has gone 16-of-22 at the stripe in the last two games.
Senior forward Adrick McKinney added 10 points while leading TCU on the glass with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Charles Hill Jr. totaled nine points, while senior guard/forward Garlon Green scored eight.
Tech opened up an eight-point lead early in the first half thanks to three Kravic layups, but Anderson helped tie the game back up later with a pair of 3-pointers. Guard Ty Nurse gave the Red Raiders a 34-28 edge at intermission by sinking a 3 of his own at the buzzer, his first of two in the contest.
Tech pushed its lead to 14 points midway through the second half at 52-38 following a 9-2 run, but TCU would continue to battle. The Frogs held the Red Raiders to only one field goal over the next seven-and-a-half minutes, outscoring the squad 16-5 to cut the deficit back to a single possession at 57-54. Anderson totaled seven points during the stretch.
TCU was unable to climb any closer. Nurse answered the Frogs’ spurt with another 3, and a pair of Tolbert dunks put Tech back on top by eight with only 2:48 remaining. The Frogs were held without a field goal for more than six-and-a-half minutes until Abron scored on a layup with just 27.1 seconds remaining.
TCU concludes its 2012-13 regular-season road schedule Tuesday when it travels to Manhattan, Kan., to face No. 13 Kansas State. The Big 12 Network will televise the 7 p.m. contest live from the Wildcats’ Bramlage Coliseum.
Texas Tech 72, TCU 63
Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena)
March 2, 2013
* TCU dropped to 10-19 overall and 1-15 in Big 12 Conference play.
* Kyan Anderson led the Horned Frogs with 18 points, his most since totaling 19 points Jan. 23 at West Virginia. He matched a career best with four 3-pointers set previously Dec. 4 vs. Houston.
* Anderson scored in double figures for the seventh consecutive contest, extending a career-long streak and the longest run by a Frog this season.
* Devonta Abron fell just two points shy of his career scoring high with 16. He has now reached double figures in three straight games, tying his career-long run.
* Abron sank 8-of-12 shots at the charity stripe. The eight free throws matched his career high set last game, while the 12 attempts were a personal best.
* Adrick McKinney scored in double figures for the first time in eight games (13; Feb. 2 at Texas) with 10 points. McKinney also led the Frogs in rebounds for the team-high 13th time this season with seven boards.
* Charles Hill Jr. scored nine points, his most since a nine-point effort Feb. 16 at Iowa State.
* Garlon Green became the sole owner of TCU’s career record for games played with his 126th appearance, passing former record-holder Femi Ibikunle (125; 2003-07). Green played in his 107th straight contest Saturday.
* Green matched a career best with three steals, all of which came in the first half.
* Texas Tech’s overall field-goal percentage of 62.2 percent marked the highest this season against the Frogs. Oklahoma State set the previous high mark of 55.1 percent in TCU’s previous outing.