Garlon Green scored 16 first-half points and J.R. Cadot notched a double-double, as the TCU men’s basketball team put away Texas Tech 75-69 Tuesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The win was TCU’s fourth straight and gave the Frogs (7-2) their first victory over a Big 12 opponent since the school announced its decision to join the conference in October.
Cadot scored 18 points to go along with his team-high 10 rebounds. Senior point guard Hank Thorns added 15 points and four assists.
Fort Worth native Jordan Tolbert led Texas Tech in scoring with a game-high 27 points.
TCU shot an impressive 53 percent in the first half to get out to a 42-29 halftime lead.
That wasn’t how the game started.
At the 15:50 mark of the first half, the Frogs were 1-of-7 from the field and trailing the Red Raiders 5-3.
Then Thorns stepped up.
The senior point guard nailed two three-pointers and assisted a Garlon Green jumper that gave TCU a 13-11 lead.
The Frogs never trailed again.
Green exploded the last ten minutes of the half, draining three three-pointers and finishing the half with a game-high 16 points.
Texas Tech rallied late in the second half and cut the lead to 71-69 with 12.1 seconds left. But they wouldn't get any closer. Cadot drained two free throws to put the Frogs up 73-69 and the game out of reach.
TCU will be back in action Saturday when it hosts Nebraska. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.