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TCU can't hold on vs No. 25 Oklahoma, falls 77-69

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 11:50 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Texas Christian nearly pulled off the kind of win that can turn around a rough season.

The Horned Frogs were tied with No. 25 Oklahoma with 3:46 to play but didn't make a field goal the rest of the way. Ryan Spangler scored all 13 of his points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to help the Sooners hold off TCU 77-69 Wednesday night.

The Horned Frogs were winless in Big 12 play entering the game against an Oklahoma squad that already had beaten ranked opponents Iowa State and Baylor in league play. TCU coach Trent Johnson said his team made progress and he hopes it can build on the effort.

"We're a lot better team than we've shown previously in five league games," he said. "Hopefully, this will give us some confidence."

Buddy Hield had 16 points and Cameron Clark added 15 for the Sooners (15-4, 4-2), who moved into a tie for second place in the conference despite struggling against the last-place team in the league.

Kyan Anderson scored 23 points and Amric Fields added 15 for TCU (9-9, 0-6), which lost its previous four conference games by an average of 22 points. Karviar Shepherd added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Horned Frogs.

"That's probably as well as we've played during league play," Johnson said.

Texas Christian trailed 43-42 in the opening minutes of the second half before Isaiah Cousins made a jumper, then a steal by Clark led to a dunk by Hield that gave Oklahoma a 47-42 lead.

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