They started to be aggressive. They started to realize they were getting pushed and they weren’t pushing back. So they started to push — and the pushing started from Osby and Fitzgerald.
They started cut into the Frogs’ lead, first to 15 points, then to 10. Freshman guard Je’lon Hornbeak became more aggressive, and guard Buddy Hield pumped up his energy even more. Osby drove to the basket more and Fitzgerald did the same.
Osby ended the game with a game-high 19 points, and Fitzgerald ended with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. TCU’s Garlon Green had a game-high 18 points.
The Sooners cut their 22 point-deficit to two with 2:10 remaining at 62-60. Despite their best efforts, they found themselves fouling in an attempt to make TCU keep the lead from the line. In the last 30 seconds of the game, the Sooners made three baskets to one TCU dunk and two Horned Frog free throw shots. That left OU down 70-67. TCU was forcing Oklahoma to make what it had missed all night, a 3-pointer with 6.8 seconds left.
As time ticked, Grooms passed the ball to Hornbeak near the left side of the arc, then cut through the center and made his way out to the far left side of the arc. Hornbeak passed the ball back to Grooms, and the senior took a nearly open 3-pointer that he had made in many games before. This time the ball clanked off the rim and fell away.
“He’s been making that shot for the last two or three weeks,” Osby said of Grooms. “He missed it. We’re not mad at him for missing that shot. ... We wouldn’t be in the position that we’re in had he not been making those shots.”