FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU head coach Trent Johnson said his team is about to see his ugly side. And it was a pretty abysmal 0 for 9 shooting start in the Horned Frogs' game against the University of Houston on Tuesday night that has brought it out.
The Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Horned Frogs 54-48, using a dominate performance in the paint to snap TCU's own two-game winning streak.
"For that to happen at home, for us to get out rebounded at home and play like this in front of our people at home, it really bothers me," said Johnson, who did not make players available to the media after the game. "It's more than winning or losing; it's what reared its ugly head. It's going to be dealt with.
"Now they're going to see the ugly side of Coach Johnson."
Led by TaShawn Thomas' 19 points and 12 rebounds, the Cougars (6-2) nearly doubled up on the Horned Frogs (6-3) in the paint, outscoring TCU 32-18. Houston also turned 14 TCU turnovers into 15 points. Joseph Young was the only other player to score in double figures for Houston, and he finished with 12 points.
Mostly because of the play of Adrick McKinney off the bench, the Horned Frogs kept the nation's 19th-best scoring offense in check, but still couldn't keep up. McKinney had a career-high 20 rebounds; TCU had a total of 39 rebounds. He also had 10 points. Kyan Anderson led TCU with 20 points. TCU was the third-best team in the NCAA in scoring defense going into the game, giving up just 52.6 points per game.
"I felt like Adrick kept us in the game because he played hard and he competed," Johnson said. "He had 20 rebounds and he probably should have had 30 with as many shots as we missed."
Houston, which came into the game averaging 81 points per game — 19th-best in the NCAA — was held to its season low in points. But TCU shot just 33.3 percent, including 5 of 18 from 3-point range and 5 of 13 from the foul line.