FORT WORTH — TCU senior Karviar Shepherd blocked Andrew Jones shot attempt after a whistle in the second half and talked a little smack to the Texas freshman.
Give the Horned Frogs some credit. They deserve to crow after a scintillating 78-63 victory over the Longhorns inside a pulsating Schollmaier Arena. It’s the first time TCU has swept the regular-season series against UT in 30 years.
The Longhorns (9-14, 3-7 Big 12) have now lost two straight in the renovated arena, long known as Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. This was a one-point game midway through the second half, but the Frogs created some space with a 7-0 run.
Not long after Jaylen Fisher’s 3-pointer gave the Frogs a 12-point lead with less than four minutes remaining, TCU students started up the “Just like football!” chant.
Both big men were standouts on Saturday. Texas’ Jarrett Allen had 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting and nine rebounds. TCU’s Vladimir Brodziansky had 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting but only four boards. UT’s Shaq Cleare was no slouch, though. He had 12 points as well, using mostly those soft jumper and hooks he’s accustomed to.
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One area coach Shaka Smart would probably quibble with was UT’s aggressiveness, or lack thereof, going to the basket. Texas shot better than 50 percent for most of the game but wasn’t getting to the foul line all that often. The Horns had only four free throw attempts in the first half and seven after the break.
There’s not a spot on the floor that Andrew Jones doesn’t feel comfortable at right now. The 6-foot-4 freshman was 5 of 6 shooting in the first half. That includes him drilling an off-balance 17-footer that had no business going down. Jones’ best shot of the first half didn’t even count. He short-armed a 25-foot 3-pointer that splashed through the nets. However, officials ruled it was after the shot clock expired.
Things got a little out of hand midway through the second half as the Frogs showed tremendous patience on defense with their screens and UT’s defensive switches. The 6-foot-6 Brandon Parrish got a terrific look from the right corner over the 6-foot-2 Jacob Young for a 3-pointer. Alex Robinson followed with a fast-break layup, giving TCU a 57-49 lead with 12:58 remaining and getting the crowd involved.
Texas’ backcourt will get another stern test on Tuesday in the rematch against Iowa State. Monte Morris had 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting during the Cyclones’ 79-70 win in Ames on Jan. 7. The Longhorns also let Deonte Burton get loose for 27 points, which included three 3-pointers. Iowa State is second the Big 12 with a plus-5.2 turnover margin, fueled mostly by an average of 8.5 steals per game.
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