Frogs lose sixth straight game, defeated by No. 25 Oklahoma 77-69


    Despite keeping it close in the first half, the TCU men’s basketball team remains winless in conference play after falling to the No. 25-ranked Oklahoma Sooners 77-69 on the road Wednesday night.

    Junior guard Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 23 points and dished out four assists in the loss. It was his fifth game of the season scoring 20 or more points.

    The Frogs have now lost six straight.

    Once again, the ineffectiveness of TCU (9-9, 0-6 Big 12) on the boards ultimately cost them against a potent Oklahoma (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) offense that has averaged over 80 points per game.

    The Frogs were outrebounded 36-32 despite getting a double double out of freshman center Karviar Shepherd. The big man from Dallas scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.

    Shepherd now has 137 career rebounds for TCU after only 18 games. The total is 10 more than former New York Knicks forward Kurt Thomas had during his entire first two seasons as a Frog, according to TCU Men’s Basketball’s Twitter page.

    The Sooners got a game-high 16 rebounds from forward Ryan Spangler. The sophomore was also one of five Oklahoma players to score in double digits.

    Oklahoma has won three out of their last four.

    Surprisingly, the short-handed Frogs only trailed by four at halftime after outrebounding the Sooners 21-19 and forcing eight turnovers.

    Early in the second half, Shepherd found an open Brandon Parrish for a layup to pull TCU within one. Parrish finished with nine points but missed two crucial free throws down the stretch.

    The Sooners quickly responded with a 4-0 run, capped by a jumper from Oklahoma guard Isaiah Cousins.

    Cousins, who scored 17 points last week against No. 9-ranked Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12), finished the game with 11 points.

    With 13:46 left in the game, Shepherd actually tied the game at 47-47. Once again, Oklahoma had an answer for the Frogs, reeling off a 12-2 run that included five straight points from forward Cameron Clark.

    Clark, who averages 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season, scored 15 points in the win.

    After bringing the Sooners’ lead down to three with about two and a half minutes left in the game, TCU uncharacteristically missed three of four free throws while the Sooners made their final six.

    The Frogs went into the game shooting 72 percent from the free throw line, which was third best in the Big 12. They made 14 of 21 attempts against Oklahoma.

    With the loss, TCU falls to 0-6 in conference play with a matchup against the top team in the conference up next. The Frogs return home to face No. 8-ranked Kansas (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s incredible upset.

    Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.