FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Dusty Hannahs got the pre-game message from Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, even though the golf analogy was a little different.
The Red Raiders needed to back up a win over No. 12 Baylor by beating the Big 12's last-place team on the road, so Smith called it "validating the birdie."
Hannahs had no trouble with the translation, scoring 13 points to go with Dejan Kravic's 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks Saturday in a 60-49 win over TCU that gave Texas Tech consecutive league victories for the first time in nearly three years.
"Coach was telling us this is like golf," Hannahs said. "No jokes. It was serious because you come out and lose this game, it just doesn't validate the win."
The Red Raiders (10-8, 2-3 Big 12) blew a 14-point lead and trailed at halftime before bouncing back to back up the 10-point win at home over the Bears and snap a 12-game road losing streak dating to their win at TCU last season.
Karviar Shepherd had a career-high 15 points and Amric Fields also scored 15 for TCU. The Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-5) shot 20 percent and remained the only Big 12 team without a conference win.
TCU trailed by just three with less than 2 minutes remaining but just couldn't make enough shots.
Guards Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray were 2 of 22 from the field — including Ray's missed breakaway dunk in the first half when he jammed the ball against the rim with his left, non-shooting hand.
"When Jarvis missed that dunk ... I know that's the first time he's missed that since I've been here," said TCU coach Trent Johnson, who fell to 2-21 in league play in his second season. "What do you do? Just move forward."
Trailing 24-23 at halftime, Texas Tech went back in front for good on Kravic's layup 15 seconds into the second half.
Hannahs put the Red Raiders up 39-34 with a 3-pointer from several feet behind the arc with the shot clock about to expire midway through the second half.
The sophomore guard made both his shots from long range and was 7 of 7 from the line, including a pair of free throws immediately upon entering the game after Shepherd was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a missed dunk in the first half.
"It helped to come in and shoot those free throws right off the bat," Hannahs said. "I had a couple of turnovers, but I wanted to stay poised and aggressive."
A three-point play by Jaye Crockett pushed Tech's lead to six at 42-36, and TCU didn't get closer than four until Shepherd converted a three-point play for a 51-48 Tech lead with 1:34 left.
Robert Turner, who had 12 points, hit a driving layup to push the lead back to five as Tech won two straight in the Big 12 for the first time since February 2011.
TCU missed 18 of its first 19 attempts from the field — including a couple of dunks — and shot 21 percent in the first half but led 24-23 thanks to a 14-0 run before halftime.
Kyan Anderson's 3-pointer put TCU at 2 of 20 on field goals before Fields hit consecutive shots in close to get the Horned Frogs within 23-19. After two free throws by Shepherd, Brandon Parrish hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Horned Frogs ahead for the first time.
The Red Raiders couldn't hold a 22-8 lead and went without a field goal for the final 9½ minutes of the first half. Their last bucket came on an alley-oop dunk from Crockett to Jordan Tolbert moments after Tolbert missed a desperation 3 at the shot-clock buzzer.
"I think we got real comfortable," Kravic said. "We got way too comfortable and let them get back into it and it was frustrating going into halftime."
TCU had just one field goal in the first 16 minutes but stayed close by making free throws. The Horned Frogs were 12 of 14 in the first half and 26 of 31 for the game.