TCU outlasts Texas Tech 62-61
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Robinson made a free throw with 1.4 seconds left following a questionable foul call and TCU beat Texas Tech 62-61 on Tuesday night in a matchup of Big 12 teams trying to build their resumes for the NCAA Tournament.
Robinson made the first three throw after Keenan Evans was called for a foul as the ball went off Robinson’s leg as he drove to the basket. The TCU guard missed the second, and Aaron Ross couldn’t get off a length-of-the-court shot before the buzzer sounded.
Freshman Jaylen Fisher scored a career-high 17 points as the Horned Frogs (17-7, 6-5 Big 12) won their third straight following a four-game losing streak. TCU is back over .500 in conference after getting to that mark for the first time in five Big 12 seasons last month.
Evans scored 20 points for the Red Raiders (16-8, 4-7) but missed the second free throw after tying the score on the first with 13 seconds left.
JD Miller scored 15 points and went 4 of 4 from 3-point range, including one in the final seconds of the first half for TCU’s first lead of the game after trailing 21-9.
Texas Tech: If the Red Raiders don’t return to the NCAA Tournament in coach Chris Beard’s first season, the Big 12 road record will have a lot to do with it. They dropped to 0-6 away from home in conference. Texas is the only other winless road team in Big 12 play.
TCU: It was the Frogs’ first game since beating Texas and getting an NCAA endorsement from Longhorns coach Shaka Smart, who took VCU to the Final Four six years ago. A .500 conference record could be good enough to get in, and the Horned Frogs took a big step toward that.
Texas Tech: Consecutive Top 10 opponents at home: No. 3 Kansas on Saturday and sixth-ranked Baylor on Monday.
TCU: A trip to Baylor on Saturday followed by Oklahoma State at home Feb. 15.