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.