No. 21 Oklahoma State loses 70-55 at last-place TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — With the clock running out and his team on the wrong side of an upset, clearly frustrated Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford turned toward his assistant coaches.
“Nobody showed up,” he told them.
After three consecutive wins over Top 25 teams in the same regular season for the first time, the No. 21 Cowboys’ winning streak ended with a 70-55 loss Saturday night at last-place TCU.
“I’m just disappointed. We just didn’t respond very well. We were flat,” Ford said. “They outplayed us tonight, period. Plain and simple.”
Amric Fields had 12 points and a big part in an upset-sealing run for the Horned Frogs (15-10, 2-10 Big 12), who had two 10-0 runs in the second half.
Oklahoma State (17-8, 7-6) has won at home a week earlier over league-leading Kansas, which was sandwiched by road wins over then-No. 25 Texas and No. 16 Baylor in its previous game Monday night.
“We just came out sluggish,” forward Michael Cobbins said. “I don’t know where it came from. But surely we’ll correct it and we’ll be back better.”
Le’Bryan Nash had 19 points, but also had seven turnovers for Oklahoma State. Jeff Newberry scored 10 points while Phil Forte III had seven, 10 below his season average.
“I’ve got to believe the week off really hurt them because they were in a really, really pretty good rhythm,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said.
Ford acknowledged that he was “not very fond of” the extra days off between games, but said that wasn’t any excuse.
Kyan Anderson led TCU with 14 points despite 4-for-13 shooting, though the Frogs shot 52 percent overall (26 of 50). Trey Zeigler added 13 points and Karviar Shepherd had 10, most of his coming in TCU’s first 10-0 run.
Oklahoma State was within 56-53 when Anthony Hickey found a wide-open gap and drove for a layup high off the glass with 4:52 left. But the Cowboys then went nearly 3 1/2 minutes without scoring.
Fields started the final spurt with two free throws and later had an acrobatic driving layup to make it 64-53 with 1:38 left.
Shepherd had the first two and then the last basket in the earlier 10-0 run. His dunk with 13:37 left made it 42-37.
The game was tied 10 times, the last when Nash made two free throws with 8:06 left to make it 48-all. Fields made two free throws 17 seconds later to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.
“Guys were locked in,” Zeigler said. “To be able to close out a game like that was really good.”
The Horned Frogs had a 2-0 lead even before the opening tip. Oklahoma State was assessed a technical foul for dunking during pregame warmups. That led to Anderson getting two free throws, and making them both. He was alone at the line, while the rest of the starters for both teams were near midcourt waiting for the tip. “It’s not a great way to start,” Ford said. “But you’ve got 40 minutes to make up for it.”
There were six charging fouls called in the first half, three against each team. The first came in the opening minute of the game, when Phil Forte III drew a foul against Anderson. TCU forward Kenrich Williams was the only player who was called for a charging foul and also drew one — getting in front of Nash with 5:20 to go in the first half. Appropriately enough, the last charge came in the final minute of the half, called against Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds. There were no charges after halftime.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys were playing an unranked team for the first time in six games. They have home games next week against No. 14 Iowa State and West Virginia, the team tied with them at No. 21 in this week’s poll. ... Oklahoma State had won 10 in a row against TCU.
TCU: The Frogs were 0 for 9 on 3-pointers.
Oklahoma State: Hosts No. 14 Iowa State on Wednesday night.
TCU: Hosts Kansas State on Wednesday night.