TCU gets 1st Big 12 win, 62-55 over No. 5 Kansas

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 12:04 am •  Published: February 7, 2013
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU made its first Big 12 victory a memorable one, and left the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks with their first losing streak in more than seven years.

The Horned Frogs finally won in their new conference, leading throughout against the Big 12's most dominant team in a 62-55 victory Wednesday night. It was their first-ever win over a Top 5 team.

"It means a lot. Obviously we've had some tough years," Frogs senior forward Garlon Green said. "We've had a tough year right now, but this is a big win. We need to carry this momentum."

Green scored 20 points for the Horned Frogs, including five in a row after a late 17-4 spurt by Kansas (19-3, 7-2 Big 12).

Naadir Tharpe scored nine points in a 2-minute span, with a 3-pointer and six consecutive free throws, before a dunk by Jeff Withey with 6:49 left got the Jayhawks within 44-40 — the closest they got since TCU scored the game's first eight points.

After Tharpe missed a 3-pointer on a break, Adrick McKinney slung a pass inside to Green for layup. Kansas guard Ben McLemore, the Big 12's top freshman scorer, missed an open 3-pointer before Green had a three-point play to stretch the lead back to 49-40 for TCU (10-12, 1-8).

"I said this from day one, we need to focus on what's in the locker room," said first-year coach Trent Johnson, whose team has already had three season-ending injuries. "You're never as bad as people say you are."

On this night, they were good enough to beat the team that has won or shared 12 of the league's 16 titles.

The Jayhawks, coming off a loss four days earlier against Oklahoma State, had played 264 games in a row since January 2006 without consecutive losses, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.

Against TCU, the Jayhawks looked nothing like the Big 12's best team.

"It was the worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there," coach Bill Self said. "I think he had some bad teams when he lost to Topeka YMCA and things like that in the first couple years. But for the first half, there hasn't been a team play worse than that offensively."

Kansas already had six turnovers and missed its first four shots before finally scoring 7:17 into the game, on Ben McLemore's bounce pass to Jamari Traylor for a layup that made it 8-2.