TCU's All-Around Effort Clips K-State, 69-55

FORT WORTH, Texas – A complete effort on both ends of the court helped TCU post a 69-55 win over Kansas State in front of 3,804 at Wilkerson-Greines Center on Wednesday night.

The Horned Frogs (16-10, 3-10 Big 12) were solid on both offense and defense in gaining their first win over the Wildcats (13-14, 6-8 Big 12) in the Big 12 era and the first since the 1999 Postseason NIT.

TCU connected on 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from the field, including 63.6 percent (14-of-22) in the first half, while four players scored in double figures led by sophomore Chris Washburn’s game-high 17 points. On the defensive end, the squad held K-State to just 34.5 percent shooting (19-of-55), including 16 percent (4-of-25) in the first half, while forcing 13 turnovers and blocking six shots.

Senior Nino Williams led the way for the Wildcats with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while freshman Tre Harris added career-tying 14 points – all in the second half – on 6-of-8 field goals, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. It marked Williams’ third career double-double, including his second this season.

The Basics
Final Score: TCU 69, Kansas State 55
Records: Kansas State (13-14, 6-8 Big 12); TCU (16-10, 3-10 Big 12)
Attendance: 3,804 (paid)
Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 21 \\ at 20/20 Baylor (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) \\ 12 p.m. CT \\ ESPNU

The Short Story
•    K-State could not overcome one of the lowest first-half field goal percentages in school history, as the Wildcats fell to 2-10 away from home, including 1-8 in true road games.
•    TCU led for 38 minutes and 52 seconds, while the game was tied for the other 1 minute and 8 seconds.
•    K-State again was hampered by its offensive woes, as the Wildcats did not eclipse the 60-point mark for the 11th time in their last 16 games, including in 9 of 14 Big 12 contests.
•    K-State was held below 40 percent shooting for the 13th time, including 6 times in the last 7 games.
•    K-State connected on just 16.0 percent (4-of-25) in the first half, which ranks as the third-lowest in school history and the lowest since shooting 15.8 percent (3-of-19) vs. Kansas on March 11, 1994.
•    Facing its largest halftime deficit of the season at 35-15, K-State was able close to gap to six points with just under 12 to play before a 10-0 run by TCU ended any comeback.

How It Happened | First Half
•    TCU jumped out to an early 10-4 at the 12:51 mark with four different players registering points, including a 3-pointer by Amric Fields to open the scoring.
•    K-State slowly chipped away at the lead, closing to 13-10 on a tip-in by Williams at the 9:42 mark.
•    A pair of free throws by Thomas Gipson closed the gap to 16-15 with 7:48 to play before halftime.
•    A second 3-pointer by Fields ignited a 19-0 run by the Horned Frogs to finish the half, as six different players scored in the run, including 6 by Karviar Shepherd.
•    TCU led 35-15 at the half behind 63.6 percent shooting (14-of-22), which was the highest by an opponent in a first half this season, surpassing the 62.1 percent by West Virginia (2/11/15).
•    K-State’s 15 first-half points were the second-fewest this season and the lowest since scoring 12 vs. Georgia (12/31/14)… It tied three others for the 7th-fewest points in a half in school history.
•    Williams led the Wildcats with 6 points, while Washburn and Shepherd each had 9 for the Frogs.

How It Happened | Second Half
•    K-State opened the second half with a spark, using a 15-2 run to cut the gap to 37-30 on a lay-up by Tre Harris at the 14:11 mark.
•    A free throw by Williams closed the deficit to 41-35 with 11:52 to play.
•    TCU ended any hopes of a rally with a 10-0 run to push the lead back at 51-35 with 7:48 to play.
•    The lead remained in double digits the rest of the way, as the Wildcats could get no closer than 63-53 after a Williams’ 3-pointer with 1:20 to play.
•    K-State rebounded to score 40 points in the second half on 50 percent (15-of-30) shooting and held a 24-10 edge on the glass.

Beyond the Boxscore
•    K-State dropped below the .500 mark for the second time this season at 13-14… The 14 losses are the most in a single season since going 14-14 in 2003-04.
•    The win was the first by TCU over K-State in the Big 12 era and the first since a 72-71 victory in the Postseason NIT at Bramlage Coliseum on March 10, 1999… The Wildcats still lead the series, 8-3, including 5-1 in Big 12 play.
•    K-State fell to 8-5 this season when three or more players score in double figures.

Quotable
•    “We knew we’d get a great effort from TCU. I told our guys that both of us came off of good wins on Saturday, and who had the maturity and determination to come and play hard would be the one that would come out with the win. You have to give them credit. I thought we were very lethargic to start. I didn’t think they were great by any means, but we struggled. To our guys credit, the second half that we played had greater energy, greater passion and gave us a chance. They had four guys in double figures, and they were the better team,” said head coach Bruce Weber.

Up Next
•    K-State returns to action on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face 20/20 Baylor (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) at 12 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 63-61, in Manhattan on Jan. 17 and will attempt to sweep the season series for the first time since 2013.