Crockett, Hannahs lead Texas Tech past TCU 62-53
"The only thing they did defensively that other teams haven't done is they chose to make our posts beat them," TCU coach Trent Johnson said. "Devonta did a good job of being aggressive. . You can't fault our effort. The bottom line is our margin of error is extremely slim. We have to defend and rebound, and we can't have bad starts to games."
TCU went 6 minutes without a basket in the first half, making only three free throws, while Texas Tech went on a 14-3 run for a 23-11 lead, Tech's largest of the half. Crockett started that run by dunking an inbound pass from Trency Jackson. Later in the run, Crockett slammed down a dunk on a pass from Josh Gray.
TCU got back in an offensive rhythm with a quick 11-3 run that included a nice reverse layup by Abron. Hannahs hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds to go to extend the Red Raiders' lead to 29-22 at the half.
In the second half, Jackson's layup with 8 minutes to go was Tech's third straight basket and gave the Red Raiders their largest lead to that point, 50-37.
A Nate Butler Lind jumper with 6:53 to play gave TCU its first field goal in 5½ minutes, but it was followed by Crockett's monster one-handed slam, then a TCU turnover that forced Johnson to call a timeout. Hannahs knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the game for Tech's largest lead of the game, 57-41. Hannahs, a freshman, hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the game.
TCU had a frantic late rally, going on a 12-1 run that included three fast-break layups, but Crockett's free throws helped seal the win for the Red Raiders.
"He's just an energy guy, he has a motor," Walker said of Crockett. "He's been our heartbeat all year — he's playing great, with a swagger and toughness. I can't be any happier with Jaye Crockett and what he's contributing to the team."
After shooting 43 percent from the floor in the first half, the Horned Frogs made just 10 of their 33 shots after halftime.