FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas freshman Connor Lammert thought he'd get in trouble for taking off down the floor instead of going after a rebound.
His game-changing circus shot got him off the hook Tuesday night.
Lammert scored 13 points, including the go-ahead bucket followed soon by an improbable three-point play on a long pass from Myck Kabongo, and the Longhorns thwarted a TCU comeback for a 68-59 win, their first of the season on the road.
"I just threw it up there to be honest," Lammert said. "I was super surprised it went in. I think the whole rest of the stadium was too. It was a good feed by Myck and just an interesting play."
The Longhorns (12-14, 4-9 Big 12) were ahead 55-50 after a three-point play by Demarcus Holland when TCU's Nate Butler Lind missed his third straight free throw and the Horned Frogs grabbed the offensive rebound. After Garlon Green missed a shot, Lammert beat everyone down the floor, turned as he caught the pass from Kabongo under the basket and flipped it in as he was getting fouled and falling out of bounds.
Lammert, who led Texas with seven rebounds, made the free throw for a 58-50 lead.
"He actually bailed Myck out on that a bit," said Texas coach Rick Barnes, whose team was 0-7 on the road coming in. "It was not a particularly great pass, but he was able to secure it."
Ioannis Papapetrou hit three 3-pointers early in the second half and led the Longhorns with 15. Kabongo had 12 points and six assists in his third game back from a 23-game NCAA suspension for accepting airfare and personal training instruction and lying about it to school officials.
Garlon Green had 15 to lead the Horned Frogs (10-16, 1-12), which lost their fourth straight since an upset of No. 9 Kansas. Kyan Anderson had 10 points and eight assists.
TCU was down five in the final two minutes when Lammert missed a 3-pointer and Jonathan Holmes grabbed the offensive rebound. With the second chance, Holland beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer for a 67-59 Texas lead with 1:02 remaining.