TCU downs Texas Tech in men’s basketball, 71-54

TCU downs Texas Tech in mens basketball, 71-54

Maybe these Horned Frogs are finding their groove at just the right time.

In a physical game against a young Texas Tech team, TCU (17-11, 4-11 Big 12) defeated the Red Raiders (12-17, 2-14 Big 12) by a score of 71-54.

With the win the Frogs take the season series from Tech and have now won three straight at home.

Forward Kenrich Williams grabbed 16 rebounds while adding 10 points for the second double-double of his career. Williams said team is moving in the right direction.

“These last four games, we have been playing everyone really hard,” Williams said.

Williams had the hot hand early, starting off 3-of-5 shooting. After his quick six points, he looked to dominate the glass.

The forward had eight defensive rebounds to match his eight offensive grabs. It was a career high.

After the game, head coach Trent Johnson spoke about the type of player that Williams is.

“He makes all the hustle plays. He is a very unselfish individual and he makes the plays that associated with winning,” Johnson said. “He has a high basketball IQ.”

As for the Red Raiders, well, they never led in this game and at one point they trailed TCU by 21 points.

Texas Tech Head Coach, Tubby Smith said that his team made poor decisions with the basketball.

The Red Raiders had three shot clock violations in the first half while shooting only 35.7 percent from the field. Tech came into the game shooting 40 percent on the season.

Smith said he could see this TCU team making some noise as Big 12 play comes to a close.

“They are playing with a lot more confidence and they are playing more patiently,” Smith said. “They have been in games all year and I think they have a chance to make post season play, either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.”

The Frogs will have a chance to make some more noise in the Big 12 when they head to Norman this Saturday to play No. 16 Oklahoma.

As for now, the team will have a day off from practice which will give Williams a chance to reflect on the win.

“Nothing like winning games,” he said with a smile.

Yes, the Horned Frogs are starting to find their groove. But will it be enough to go dancing in March?

Coach Johnson put it in simple terms.

“We have got to go out and win the next one, then play better and win the next one and then win the next one,” he said.

A win in Norman against a ranked team on the road is a good place to start.