Men’s basketball drops second-straight game in blowout

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Guard Desmond Bane (1) posted 12 points for TCU in their loss to Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com

After starting Big 12 play 3-0, TCU men’s basketball has now lost two straight games by an average of 26 points.

The latest came Saturday afternoon in Norman as the Frogs fell to the Oklahoma Sooners by 20, 83-63.

Despite posting a decent offensive game and only turning the ball over a season-low eight times, TCU struggled defensively in the contest. Oklahoma, led by forward Brady Manek, shot 54% as a team.

Manek poured in a career-high 31 points, going 10-for-15 from the field. The sophomore also added nine rebounds in the best game of his career.

Poor shooting put TCU in an early hole that they wouldn’t be able to dig out of. The Frogs made just one of 16 three-point attempts in the first 20 minutes, putting them behind 38-26 going into the halftime break.

While TCU saw offensive improvement after halftime, it was too little, too late. The Frogs’ 35% shooting from deep in the second half was nothing compared to the 60% of the Sooners, and the game quickly got out of hand.

Guard Desmond Bane led TCU with 12 points along with five assists and five rebounds. Guard Edric Dennis and center Kevin Samuel also dropped 10 points apiece in the loss.

TCU will look to get back to their winning ways Tuesday, as they face No. 23 Texas Tech at home. Tip-off in Schollmaier Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.