By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer
FORT WORTH – Mike Miles and Eddie Lampkin were back on the court Saturday, and TCU was a different team because of it.
The Frogs rolled over the Oklahoma State Cowboys 100-75 in the return of their leading scorer and leading rebounder, reminding everyone of just how good TCU can be when they’re healthy. Coach Jamie Dixon was pleased with the result, and was happy to remind people of how well the Frogs play when they have their best players available.
“We saw it in practice yesterday,” Dixon said. “We’re a different team with Mike, Eddie at full speed. Not too much of a surprise…but when you take guys out it changes everything. Put guys back in and it changes everything again.”
It was the first time since 2002 TCU reached the 100-point mark in a conference game. At that point in time, the Frogs were still a member of Conference USA. Their 106-87 win over Tulane brought their record to 15-14. Junior Blount led the way with 42 points, while current TCU director of player development Corey Santee scored 25.
On Saturday against Oklahoma State Miles contributed 15 points to the cause, but he also got plenty of help. Damion Baugh recorded his third double double of the season, scoring 16 points with 11 assists. Emanuel Miller scored 18 points to lead the team, and Micah Peavy contributed 10 points and four rebounds.
“It was good being back out there with my guys,” Miles said. “It hurt me being on the bench while we were losing, not being able to help. So, being back out there with them, trying to do what I can to win, it felt good.”
TCU snapped a four game losing streak with the win, as Miles and Lampkin injected a level of energy that had been missing over the last two weeks.
Lampkin had the fans in it from the jump, literally. Lampkin won the opening tip and waved to the student section as he jogged down the court, just moments before he set a bone-jarring screen to clear space for Emanuel Miller to score a basket.
A step-back jumper from Lampkin, followed by a 3-pointer from Micah Peavy, set the tone for the rest of the game – TCU was going to score in bunches, and Oklahoma State would struggle to keep up.
The Frogs led by as many as 27 in the contest, and didn’t trail after Oklahoma State briefly took a 19-18 lead at the 10:54 mark of the first half.
Beyond his scoring, Miles’ influence on Oklahoma State’s game plan was apparent. He consistently drew the attention of Oklahoma State’s defense, even when he didn’t have the ball.
The result was more open space for the rest of the Frogs to move. Never was this more apparent on the day than midway through the second half, when Oklahoma State began to press after made baskets as they attempted to climb back into the game.
With 8:06 remaining in the game, Baugh found himself double teamed at mid court while Miles stood down in the corner. Baugh turned the ball over, leading to a made basket for Oklahoma State.
On the next inbounds play, despite not touching the ball, Miles ran through the defense taking two defenders with him. The result was an open lane for Baugh, who drove to the rim for an uncontested layup to give the Frogs a 78-52 lead.
“It’s always good to have another ball-handler, my backcourt mate,” Baugh said. “Makes it easier on me. I don’t have to handle the ball for 35-40 minutes a game, so it helps.”
That seemed to be the back-breaker for Oklahoma State, who didn’t get any closer than 19 points down the rest of the way.
TCU dominated in almost every way on Saturday. The Frogs out-rebounded Oklahoma State 33-21 and shot 68.4% from the floor – good for the highest single-game shooting percentage in the Jamie Dixon era.
As a part of that, the Frogs shot over 50% from 3-point range. Peavy and Chuck O’Bannon both made multiple 3-point shots, while Miles, Miller, Baugh, and JaKobe Coles each made one.
It’s an aspect of TCU’s game that has been lacking this season, but it showed up in a big way on Saturday.
With the win TCU moves into a tie for 6th place in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State, as both teams now sit at 7-7 in conference play. The Frogs also move to 18-9 overall this season, as they head into a Big Monday matchup with Kansas on Monday night.
Jamie Plunkett, firstname.lastname@example.org