FORT WORTH, Texas — In their first ever win over a Top 5 opponent, the TCU Horned Frogs dominated the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks 62-55, earning a historic win on Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
In addition to setting a new record for futility, Kansas handed TCU its first ever Big 12 conference win.
TCU (10-12, 1-8 Big 12) never took its foot off the gas in the second half, and led 54-43 with 2:03 to play. Elijah Johnson’s 3-pointer cut it to 58-53 with :36 seconds left, but that’s as close as the Jayhawks would get.
Kansas (19-3, 7-2 Big 12) couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half. TCU jumped out to an 8-0 lead, and held KU scoreless until the 12:42 mark, when a Jamari Traylor jumper made it 8-2. The Horned Frogs continued to muddy things up, and the Jayhawks were held without a field goal for another eight minutes.
Jeff Withey broke the drought with a jumper at the 4:29 mark, cutting the deficit to 17-6. Garlon Green’s 3-pointer extended TCU’s lead to 20-6 lead with 4:08 to play, but KU managed to stop the bleeding. The Horned Frogs led 22-13 at the half.
Since the 1988-1989 season, the fewest points KU had scored in a first half was 18 against Iowa State in late February of 1999.
KU went 7-12 from the free throw line in the first half, but had even less success from the field, where they shot 13.6%. The deficit could’ve been worse, but the Horned Frogs shot just 33% in the first half.
The Horned Frogs stayed the course in the second half, and maintained a hefty lead. Capping a 10-2 run, the Frogs took a 37-21 lead on a layup by Adrick McKinney with 11:42 to play.
The Hawks answered with a 17-5 run, and trailed 42-38 with 7:20 to play. TCU fired right back, and took a 49-40 lead on Green’s and-1 layup with 3:36 to play. They pushed the lead to 51-40 shortly thereafter.
Hitting the panic button late, KU repeatedly sent TCU to the free throw line over the last three minutes. The Frogs went 14-27 from the FT line down the stretch, scoring their last 14 points from the charity stripe.
KU shot 29.5% from the field, the lowest percentage in the Bill Self era. They went 3-22 from 3-point range to finish 13.6% from beyond the arc. TCU shot 39% from the field, and 31% from 3-point range. KU outrebounded TCU 44-34, but lost the turnover battle 13-9.
Ben McLemore led the Hawks with 15 points and nine rebounds. Withey added 12 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. Green led the Frogs with 20 points.
KU travels to Norman on Saturday afternoon to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.