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No. 15 Baylor's zone defense shuts down TCU in ugly defeat, 62-54

Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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TCU couldn’t complete the season sweep of No. 15 Baylor as the Bears shut down the Horned Frogs’ offense in an ugly 62-54 loss at Schollmaier Arena Monday night.

TCU won the first matchup in Waco, a 105-102 triple-overtime thriller on Jan. 27.

Despite a tightly contested first half Monday night, there was no fantastic finish this time between the Big 12 rivals as Baylor used its 3-point shooting and zone defense to pull away in the second half.

“Give Baylor credit,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “We knew they were going to run some zone, they played a bunch of zone in the last game. We run the same zone actually and we just didn’t get it done in a variety of ways.”

TCU only trailed 32-31 with 17:55 remaining in the game despite a shaky offensive showing and being short-handed without starting center Ernest Udeh.

But the Horned Frogs’ offense went go on a nearly/ four-minute scoring drought as Baylor increased its lead to 42-31.

 

It was just a preview of what was to come as Baylor’s lead would grow as large as 59-41 with less than five minutes left on the clock.

TCU wasn’t able to get within 10 points after the 13:15 mark until the final 10 seconds. It was a disappointing showing for TCU, which had a chance to strengthen its hold on the No. 4 seed for the Big 12 Tournament in the Kansas City in March.

“We didn’t do anything we wanted to do,” Dixon said. “That’s on me, you have a gameplan, you have an attack plan for what you want to do. Your job is to get them to do it and I didn’t get them to do it.”

The Horned Frogs entered the day in a three-way tie with Baylor and Texas Tech for the No. 4 spot, but now fall to 8-7 in conference play which sets up a huge road matchup at BYU on Saturday. The Cougars are 7-7 in Big 12 play with a game at Kansas before facing TCU.

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