TCU led by as many as 13 points, 67-54, with 10:48 to play after Horned Frog forward Kouat Noi hit his career-high fourth three-pointer. Noi finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Sooners, led by Young’s 39 points and 14 assists to go along with 22 off the bench by guard Kameron McGusty closed out TCU’s first loss in 17 games dating back to last season on a 36-16 run.
“Gosh, we practice that a lot,” Dixon said. “We’ve practiced it a million times, and we’ve never ended up with that shot with 7.9 seconds, so was surprised we got what we got.”
Second-half rebounding also came back to haunt the Horned Frogs who were out-rebounded by six, 21-15, after taking a halftime advantage on the boards, 31-19.
However, Dixon cited his team’s transition defense as a critical factor with the Sooners out-scoring TCU on the fastbreak by 11 points, 19-8.
“We got hurt on transition, which is where he [Young] got his assists,” Dixon said. “Our lack of commitment to transition defense has hurt us all year long and it got us a loss.“
Another thing the Horned Frogs will look to fix in the long run will be free throw shooting as they missed ten shots from the charity stripe, going 21-31. The Sooners hit one more free throw, shooting 22-31, the difference in a one-point game.
“We got to learn how to finish,” Williams said. “When we’ve got the lead, we’ve got to learn how to hold the lead until the end of the game. We’re going to take care of it.”
The Horned Frogs have another tough Big 12 contest next, a matchup in Waco with No. 18 Baylor.
“It’s a tough loss that can’t turn into two,” Dixon said. “We have to get ready for Baylor and we will play Oklahoma again shortly up at their place.”
TCU will face the Sooners again in Norman Jan. 13. Tipoff between TCU and Baylor is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.