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After making a statement with a blowout win over West Virginia at home, TCU basketball struggled on the road in Manhattan, committing 18 turnovers and falling to Kansas State 65-55.

With forward Kouat Noi sidelined with illness, TCU had just nine players available for the game and were forced to play freshman center Russell Barlow for the first time this season, burning his redshirt. He totaled two points and four rebounds.

The Wildcats started the game locked in, taking an early 11-3 lead. The Horned Frogs held with them from there but still trailed 37-30 going into the halftime break.

Although TCU brought the game within four midway through the second half, that was as close as the game got, and Kansas State cruised to victory.

The Horned Frogs had a hard time guarding Wildcats’ guard Xavier Sneed, who poured in 18 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Alex Robinson led TCU with 17 points and four assists. Although the Horned Frogs previously stood at fifth in the nation with 19.4 assists per game, they had a season-low 10 in the contest.

Guard Desmond Bane and forward JD Miller combined for 27 points for TCU.

The loss drops the Horned Frogs to 13-4 on the season, and they have now lost three of their last four Big 12 games.

TCU will get a chance to bounce back at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in their matchup at home with the Texas Longhorns.

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Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates.