TCU wins 3rd Big 12 home game in row, 71-54 over Texas Tech
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kenrich Williams and TCU are finally starting to feel right at home in the Big 12.
Williams scored 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as TCU won its third consecutive Big 12 home game, beating Texas Tech 71-54 on Wednesday night.
''There's nothing like winning. The last few games, we've really come out and played hard,'' Williams said. ''It's almost over, Big 12 is almost over, we've got to start winning games.''
The Horned Frogs (17-11, 4-11 Big 12), in their third season in the league, completed their first regular-season series sweep of a Big 12 opponent.
''They're playing with a lot more confidence,'' Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said.
Williams scored six points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game to push TCU to an 8-2 lead. The Horned Frogs never trailed, and the game was tied only once - for less than two minutes at 8-8, before Trey Zeigler had a steal that turned into a breakaway dunk.
''We've come a long ways,'' coach Trent Johnson said.
Kyan Anderson had 17 points and six assists for the Horned Frogs. Zeigler finished with 15 points and Amric Fields had 10 off the bench.
Zach Smith and Keenan Evans, both freshmen, each had 10 points for the Red Raiders (12-17, 2-14), who shot 34 percent (17 of 50) while losing their sixth game in a row.
TCU won 62-42 in Lubbock on Jan. 17, still the only Big 12 road win for the Frogs since joining the league.
The Horned Frogs lost all 18 Big 12 games a season ago, after a 2-16 conference debut in 2013 with wins over Kansas and Oklahoma. After consecutive home wins over then-No. 21 Oklahoma State (70-55) and Kansas State (69-55), TCU lost 81-72 at No. 8 Kansas on Saturday.
TCU started the season by winning all 13 of its non-conference games. The Frogs then opened 1-10 in conference play, including two overtime losses and a stretch of six consecutive games against ranked teams.
''Honestly, I just think we're playing better,'' Johnson said. ''We went through a stretch there ... caught (teams) at a tough time. It speaks volumes with how these guys stayed the course now. Because I know a lot of people around the outside were saying `Oh, here we go.' But these kids, they were resilient.''
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
TCU is playing its home games off campus this season in Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, the arena used by the Fort Worth Independent School District. Daniel Meyer Coliseum on the TCU campus is undergoing a $59 million total renovation. They Frogs have only one more game there, the regular-season finale March 7 against No. 12 Iowa State.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders had 10 turnovers in the first half that led to 10 TCU points. They had three turnovers in an 86-second span, including two shot-clock violations. Tech had only three turnovers in the second half.
TCU: It was the second career double-double for Williams, who had eight offensive and eight defensive rebounds.
Texas Tech is home Saturday against Oklahoma St.
TCU at No. 16 Oklahoma on Saturday.