OU upset by TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Garlon Green scored 18 points in his final home game, but TCU nearly blew a 25-point lead before holding on late as the Horned Frogs snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Oklahoma 70-67 on Saturday.
The Sooners scored 16 straight points in the second half to get back in the game, but their rally fell short when Sam Grooms missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
The Horned Frogs (11-20, 2-16 Big 12) went on a 19-1 run in the first half to build a big lead. They pushed their advantage to 47-22 on Kyan Anderson's 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second half.
Romero Osby scored 19 points, and Andrew Fitzgerald added 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, for Oklahoma (20-10, 11-7), which will play Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday.
Connell Crossland and Charles Hill Jr. each scored 13 points for the Horned Frogs, who won for the first time since upsetting No. 4 Kansas on Feb. 6.
Green hit a 3-pointer to stretch TCU's lead to 59-42 before Oklahoma went on a 16-0 run. The Sooners made six free throws in a row, including a pair from Osby that made it 59-50. Osby closed the run with a dunk, cutting TCU's lead to 59-58 with 4:30 remaining.
The Horned Frogs went scoreless for more than 7 minutes before Green broke the slump with a 3-pointer, making it 62-58 with 3:40 left.
Green broke loose for a dunk that made it 68-63 with 18.3 seconds left. Grooms had a layup, and after TCU was hit with a five-second violation, Osby scored to bring the Sooners within 68-67 with 8.3 seconds remaining.
After Anderson made two free throws, Oklahoma had one final chance. Grooms had an open 3-pointer at the buzzer, but he missed. The Sooners missed all 16 of their 3-point attempts.
TCU, which came into the game shooting less than 40 percent, made 54 percent of its shots and racked up a season-high 20 assists.
When TCU and Oklahoma met Feb. 11, the Horned Frogs didn't score in the first 8 minutes of the game and the Sooners stormed out to a 36-11 halftime lead.
It was a far different story Saturday, as TCU went 7 of 9 from the floor to start and jumped out to a 15-7 advantage on Green's 3-pointer with 14:29 left in the first half.
The Sooners scored the next six to get within a basket before the Horned Frogs went on their game-breaking 19-1 surge.
After Cameron Clark's alley-oop dunk brought the Sooners within 15-13, Oklahoma missed its next seven shots and committed four turnovers. Hill, meanwhile, made a 3-pointer to start the run, and Crossland cut for a back-door layup to push to push the lead to 24-14.
Anderson ended the run with a basket, putting TCU ahead 34-14 with 6:31 left in the first half.
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