Houston beats slow-starting TCU 54-48

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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The 0 for 9 start certainly didn't help matters since the Horned Frogs were playing catch-up from the get-go. TCU didn't score for the first 6 1/2 minutes until McKinney hit one of two free throw attempts to make it 10-1 Houston. TCU hit its first field goal at the 12:08 mark when Nate Butler Lind knocked down a jumper. By then, the Cougars were already up 12-3.

The Cougars led by as many as 11 twice in the first half. TCU went on a 10-3 run midway through the first half, scoring eight-straight during one 2-minute stretch, to keep the game in check, but the Cougars still led 27-19 at the half.

"I can deal with missed shots because, like I told the players, we are going to have our deficiencies and inability to score and shoot," Johnson said. "What I can't deal with is how we started this game because obviously there were guys playing for themselves. There was some selfishness, and I was caught off guard. I don't want to take anything away from Houston . they had more resiliency and more toughness, and they executed their stuff at crucial times."

TCU started the second half with a 3-pointer by Anderson to get within five. Houston quickly brought its lead back up to double-digits, and it teetered between 10 and 12 points much of the half.

Anderson made two free throws to bring the Horned Frogs within 50-43 with 53 seconds to play, but then they missed three shots on their next possession, and a late surge by Anderson wasn't enough for TCU.

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