Oklahoma State’s Kalib Boone (22) celebrates after a basket in the first half during the men’s college basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and TCU Horned Frog at Gallagher-IBA Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb.4, 2023. Osu Mbb V Tcu
No. 15 TCU erases 19-point deficit but falls 79-73 at Oklahoma State
The Horned Frogs simply could not get over their inefficient shooting as they fell to Oklahoma State 79-73 on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater, Okla. This is TCU’s second loss in their last three games against unranked opponents.
TCU shot just 41% from the field and just 6 of 22 on 3-pointers on the afternoon. This is something that will surely have to change with a road game at No. 7 Kansas State next on the schedule.
As for Oklahoma State, Kalib Boone scored a career-high 25 points, including a huge bucket in the final 30 seconds.
Oklahoma State has won five of its past six games and defeated the Horned Frogs at home for the fourth time in the last five games, but it was far from easy.
The Cowboys (14-9, 5-5 Big 12) led by as many as 19 points early in the second half before the Horned Frogs roared back, tying the game at 59-59 on three free throws by Damion Baugh with 5:41 to play.
The lead changed hands for the next two minutes before Oklahoma State ran off nine straight points to go up 72-65 with 2:07 remaining.
The Horned Frogs cut their deficit to 72-70 with 1:25 left before Boone hit a layup and Caleb Asberry canned a pair of free throws inside of the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
Asberry added a season-high 19 points for the Cowboys with John-Michael Wright adding 16 points.
Emanuel Miller scored 17 points to lead TCU (17-6, 6-4), while JaKobe Coles hit for 15 points,
Shahada Wells added 14, Damion Baugh had 12 and Charles O’Bannon Jr. contributed 11.
The Cowboys took charge early, scoring the game’s first 12 points while holding TCU without a field goal until a jumper by Coles at the 13:32 mark of the first half. The Horned Frogs battled back to cut its deficit to 37-27 on Coles’ basket with 2:13 left in the first half.
A third-chance dunk by Moussa Cisse and two technical free throws by Asberry allowed Oklahoma State to carry a 43-29 lead into the break.
Boone had 12 points before halftime to lead all scorers while Asberry added 10 for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State outshot the Horned Frogs 47.2 percent to 37.9 percent in the first half that included a 6 of 13 (46.2 percent) showing from 3-point range.
Miller led TCU with eight points at halftime. The Horned Frogs were just 1 of 10 on their 3-point shots in the half and had only seven fast-break points.
TCU owned the first eight minutes of the second half, using a 16-2 run capped by a layup by Baugh to pull to within 51-49.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article