FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU is about to get into what coach Trent Johnson called "big boy basketball" — and that means performances like Sunday's against Mississippi Valley State aren't going to cut it.
Adrick McKinney scored the tiebreaking basket with 34 seconds left and the Horned Frogs held on to beat the winless Delta Devils 67-64 in TCU's final nonconference game before its first Big 12 season begins Saturday night against Texas Tech.
"With the exception of the first five minutes where I thought we did a decent job of executing and playing together, I thought the last 35 minutes weren't very good," Johnson said. "Very disappointing. Mississippi Valley State's energy was a lot better than ours, their ability to get to loose balls, rebound the ball, their ability to play together was a lot better than ours."
Matt Smith's uncontested layup started an 8-3 run for MVSU, and that run ended with Blake Ralling's uncontested layup with 3:43 left that drew the Delta Devils (0-10) even at 60.
Darryl Marshall scored to give MVSU its only lead of the game just over a minute later, but McKinney tied the score with 1:40 left and gave TCU the lead for good with his putback.
After McKinney's go-ahead score, Mississippi Valley State threw the ball away with 10.9 seconds left. Garlon Green made a pair of free throws and Kyan Anderson made another one for TCU (9-4) following Marshall's basket that cut the lead to 66-64. Marshall missed a tying 3-point attempt before the buzzer.
"A lot of times, kids get caught up in looking at a won-loss record . that's not how you play this game," Johnson said. "It's a respect for competition, and you play to the level of how good you are. We didn't do that.