TCU basketball, with the largest attendance in two seasons, fell to No. 6 Baylor Saturday night.
The Frogs held a lead at the half, but couldn’t hang on as they fell 62-53 in Fort Worth.
“We came out of the half flat and that’s the most important time,” TCU forward Kenrich Williams said. “When you’re down late it’s tough to come back.”
The Horned Frogs lost for the first time in 13 games this season when leading at the half. The loss dropped TCU to 11-2 at home.
TCU’s record fell to 14-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12.
After a windshield wiper first half, the Horned Frogs hit back-to-back three-pointers to take a 28-26 lead into the locker room.
The second half was the same story as the I-35 rivals traded the lead back and forth 16 times overall and 13 times in the second half.
TCU also held a 38-37 rebound advantage and forced more Baylor turnovers, 10, than they committed, eight.
The Horned Frogs lost for just the second time in their last 15 games when out-rebounding their opponent, and they lost for the first time in 10 games when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.
“They had just eight turnovers today, which is very impressive,” Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew said.
“We were ahead in the last five minutes, and now we’ve lost two in a row,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said.”The shooting percentage obviously stands out, and we’ll get to work on that tomorrow to try to refocus in that area.”
TCU shot 17-58 from the field– a mere 29% shooting for the game. The Horned Frogs’ three-point shooting percentage was even lower, 24% shooting, 6-25 from behind the arc.
TCU also left six points at the free throw line in a game they lost by nine, shooting 13-19 on free throws, good for 68%.
Dixon said he played his two starting guards, Jaylen Fisher and Alex Robinson Jr., too many minutes.
In 35 minutes of action, Fisher scored four points, had five assists, and turned the ball over just once in a game where he shot 1-10 from the field. Robinson Jr. scored nine points on 3-11 shooting, totaled two assists, and committed a single turnover in 36 minutes of action.
“We played the guards too many minutes,” Dixon said. “Mike [Williams and Desmond [Bane] should’ve got in there more, but that’s my mistake.”
However, there are a few silver linings for the Horned Frogs in single-digit defeat to the sixth-ranked team in the country.
TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky recorded his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career with 19 points and 10 rebounds, pacing the Horned Frogs in scoring. Brodziansky led TCU in scoring for the fourth consecutive game and a team-best seventh time on the season.
Williams recorded his seventh double-double of the season and ninth of his career with 16 points and a team-best 12 boards.
TCU has won 14 games this season, two more than last season when the Horned Frogs went 12-21.
The attendance–7,276, included over 1,400 students, ranking third in TCU basketball history.
“We didn’t finish, but I can’t thank our fans enough,” Dixon said. “We’re going to respond with the quick turnaround and the Oklahoma State game on Monday. “
TCU’s next game is in Stillwater against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 6 p.m. Monday night.