Coming off a tough road loss, the Texas Longhorns basketball team needed a win. TCU would just like a win.
Someone was going to get their wish Wednesday night.
Isaiah Taylor scored 21 points and Cameron Ridley and Conner Lammert each had a double-double as Texas (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) defeated TCU (9-20, 0-17 Big 12) 66-54. The win keeps the Longhorns in the race for second place in the Big 12 with Oklahoma. The Sooners were hosting West Virginia at print time.
Texas played a sloppy game. The Longhorns committed 13 turnovers and 23 fouls. After jumping out to an early 15 point lead, Texas allowed TCU to hang around until the closing minutes. Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 28 for the Horned Frogs. TCU went 23-29 from the free throw line to stay in the game.
The Longhorns played without its leading scorer, Jonathan Holmes. Holmes was held out of the game after re-aggravating a right knee injury versus Oklahoma. With Holmes out, Texas leaned heavily on Ridley and Lammert. Ridley scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds. Lammert scored 10 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Texas continued to struggle with its perimeter shooting. The team shot 2-16 on 3-point shots. Javan Felix had 3 points on 1-10 shooting. Texas shot 39 percent for the game.
Taylor was the only guard who could do anything against the Horned Frogs defense. The freshman point guard continually drove the lane to get easy jumpers.
The Longhorns travel to Lubbock on Saturday to face Texas Tech in the season finale. TCU needs to win its finale against Oklahoma to avoid becoming the first team to lose all of its Big 12 conference games since Texas A&M in the 2003-04 season.