Javan Felix, Isaiah Taylor help push No. 17 Texas past TCU
Isaiah Taylor says he’s coming around after missing 10 games with a broken left wrist, and maybe No. 17 Texas is too.
Taylor had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 15 points in a 66-48 victory against TCU on Monday night.
The Longhorns (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) never trailed in their second straight win since a two-game skid that included a blowout loss at home to Oklahoma. Earlier in the day, Texas moved up three spots in The Associated Press poll after a 27-point win at home over No. 18 West Virginia.
"We’re putting in hours in the practice gym, just talking on and off the court," said Taylor, who has played in all five conference games since returning from the injury. "We feel that we’re ready for a big push."
Kenrich Williams scored 10 to lead the Horned Frogs (14-4, 1-4), who were coming off a win at Texas Tech that snapped a 23-game conference losing streak, including postseason tournaments.
Kyan Anderson, who came in sixth in the Big 12 in scoring at 13.9 points per game, flirted with the first scoreless game since he was a freshman in 2011, getting in early foul trouble and scoring his only points on a jumper with 6:02 remaining.
"Going into the game we knew they were going to pay a lot of attention to Kyan in their zones, so there were going to be other guys with open shots," TCU coach Trent Johnson said.
And the Frogs couldn’t make them, not even from the free-throw line.
Texas blocked TCU’s first two shots, both from the perimeter, and held the Horned Frogs to 28 percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game. Two days earlier, the Longhorns held West Virginia to 24 percent, a school record for a Big 12 regular-season game.
As for free throws, the Frogs made three of 11 in the first half (27 percent) and nine of 23 overall (39 percent).
"I just think this is one game where for the first time in what it is it, 18 games, where I just didn’t like our effort," Johnson said. "It’s not a lot I liked out there."
The Longhorns contested TCU jumpers out of their zone defense, but didn’t give the Frogs much room around the basket either. Jonathan Holmes emphatically swatted a shot by Karviar Shepherd under the basket in the first half, and Myles Turner blocked a layup try by Trey Zeigler from behind after halftime.
Texas finished with nine blocks, led by three from Cameron Ridley, who also had 10 points.
Turner, a freshman, was playing his first game close to home, about 20 miles from the high school he attended in the Fort Worth suburb of Euless. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the high school arena TCU is using while its campus facility is renovated. Turner said he played three games for Trinity High School there.
"A lot of family members. A lot of old teachers. A lot of family friends. So it felt like a home game for me," Turner said.
The Longhorns put the game away with 14-0 run for a 52-28 lead midway through the second half. Felix had nine points during the 6-minute scoreless drought for the Horned Frogs.
Texas: Holmes, who had nine points and six rebounds, and Taylor both left the game briefly in the second half with apparent injuries before returning.
TCU: Although there were no-shows, the Frogs had their first sellout at the 4,759-seat Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. Another sellout is expected Jan. 28 when No. 11 Kansas visits. The crowd was evenly split between fans of either school, and the same figures to be true against the Jayhawks. … TCU’s football team was honored at halftime. The Frogs were left out of the first four-team playoff before beating Ole Miss 42-3 in the Peach Bowl and finishing No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. … Anderson’s last scoreless game was Dec. 6, 2011, against Texas Tech, when TCU was still in the Mountain West.