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No. 5 Kansas losses 2nd in row, 62-55 at TCU

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 12:09 am •  Published: February 7, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Coach Bill Self and the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have their first losing streak in more than seven years.

And it's not a good feeling.

"It was the worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there," Self said after a 62-55 loss to TCU, which finally got its first Big 12 victory. "I think he had some bad teams when he lost to Topeka YMCA and things like that in the first couple years. But for the first half, there hasn't been a team play worse than that offensively."

TCU (10-12, 1-8 Big 12), which had never beaten a top-five team, led throughout after scoring the game's first eight points.

Coming off a loss to Oklahoma State four days earlier, Kansas had six turnovers and missed its first four shots against TCU before finally scoring 7:17 into the game. Ben McLemore's bounce pass to Jamari Traylor for a layup made it 8-2.

But the Jayhawks (19-3, 7-2) didn't get closer before halftime, when they trailed 22-13. Even after scoring seven points in a row over a 2½-minute span — one point more than they scored the rest of the half.

Garlon Green scored 20 points for the Horned Frogs, including five in a row after a late 17-4 spurt by Kansas.

"It means a lot. Obviously we've had some tough years," said Green, a senior forward. "We've had a tough year right now, but this is a big win. We need to carry this momentum."

Naadir Tharpe scored nine points in a 2-minute span for Kansas, with a 3-pointer and six consecutive free throws, before a dunk by Jeff Withey with 6:49 left got the Jayhawks within 44-40 — the closest they got since TCU's game-opening spurt.

After Tharpe missed a 3-pointer on a break, Adrick McKinney slung a pass inside to Green for layup. McLemore, the Big 12's top freshman scorer, missed an open 3-pointer before Green had a three-point play to stretch the TCU lead back to 49-40.

"I said this from day one, we need to focus on what's in the locker room," said TCU first-year coach Trent Johnson, whose team has already had three season-ending injuries. "You're never as bad as people say you are."

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