Sooners Fall to TCU on the Road
|Points||Robinson - 18||McGusty - 11|
|Rebounds||Bane - 6||Doolittle - 6|
|Assists||Robinson - 6||Three Players - 3|
|Steals||Four Players - 1||McGusty - 4|
|Blocks||Brodziansky - 3||Two Players - 2|
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Sooners dropped their first Big 12 road contest of the season to TCU, 60-57, on Tuesday night inside Schollmaier Arena.
Alex Robinson insists that TCU never worried while trailing most of the game. Once the Horned Frogs went ahead, they stayed in front to get their earliest Big 12 victory — and coach Jamie Dixon's first.
Robinson scored eight of his 18 points in a second-half run for the lead, and senior big man Karviar Shepherd had some key plays down the stretch for the Horned Frogs in a 60-57 win over struggling Oklahoma on Tuesday night.
"We just stuck together and we fought as a team," Robinson said. "Once we got the lead, we never looked back."
The Frogs (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) never led until Shepherd's two free throws with 3:38 left to make it 56-54. After an Oklahoma miss, Robinson made a floater, and Shepherd then made another basket with 2 minutes left.
This is TCU's fifth season in the Big 12, and the first time to win one of their first two conference games.
"Always good to get your first conference win, and I liked how we did it down the stretch," said Dixon, the former Horned Frogs point guard (in the Southwest Conference) and former Pittsburgh coach. "There's also value of winning a game like that, so we've got to use that to our benefit."
Robinson's layup with 13:45 left ignited the 21-6 run that put TCU in the lead to stay. The Frogs capped that spurt with 10 consecutive points, Shepherd scored six of his eight points then.
Kameron McGusty had 11 points to lead Oklahoma (6-7, 0-2), which lost its fifth straight game. Darrion Strong-Moore and Matt Freeman each scored 10.
McGusty's 3-pointer with 50 seconds left got the Sooners within 60-57, and TCU then missed a jumper as the shot clock expired. Oklahoma appeared to have a turnover with 4.2 seconds, but TCU freshman Jaylen Fisher couldn't keep the ball in bounds. After a timeout, Freeman's potential game-tying shot was deflected by JD Miller and came up well short.
"I liked our production for 35 minutes, but TCU did a great job down the stretch. Robinson was terrific taking the game over," Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. "We'll get better from this. ... We've got a lot of things to work on. We've got a group that will continue to work at it, and we've got to make progress quickly."