Turnovers, shooting woes doom Frogs on the road at Kansas State

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Micah Peavy was more aggressive on offense Tuesday night for TCU, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a sloppy night by the Horned Frogs (TCU Basketball).

 

By Melissa Triebwasser
Frogs Today staff writer

 

Kansas State coach Jerome Tang has done an excellent job reviving Bramlage Coliseum in his first year at Kansas State, making the Octagon of Doom a formidable place to play once again.

That was the case Tuesday night as No. 17TCU struggled on the road for a second straight game, falling 82-61 to No. 12 Kansas State.

As loud as the arena was and as good a team Kansas State is, the Frogs have no one but themselves to blame after a season-high 19 turnovers, the majority of them unforced.

Continuing a trend from Saturday, TCU struggled to simply possess the ball. Passes deflected off of fingertips, both those of the Frogs and the Wildcats, and sailed out of bounds as cutters and passers seemed to be not only on different pages, but sometimes in different playbooks altogether.

It’s clear that the Horned Frogs missed Mike Miles, out for a fourth game after hyperextending his knee against Mississippi State. It was especially evident in the half-court, as the team was out of sync for the majority of the 40 minutes and barely eclipsed its season-low point total.

Despite the turnover issues, TCU was never fully out of the game until the final minutes. As out of sync as the offense was, the defense was solid through the first 36 minutes, ultimately holding Kansas State to 45.9 percent shooting from and 7-of-19 from the 3-point arc.

But the Wildcats hit timely shots and took advantage of turnovers and second-chance points, scoring 15 on the former and 11 the latter. They outrebounded TCU 40-28 and held the Frogs to just three second-chance points and 10 in transition, both well below the team’s season averages.

Much as they had Saturday ay Oklahoma Syate, the Frogs started slow. Fortunately, so did Kansas State.

A turnover on their opening possession — a sign on things to come — led to a two-plus minute scoring drought to start the game for the Frogs, who sparked a 6-0 run off of an Emanuel Miller layup that put them in front 6-5. Kansas State regained the lead with just over 14 minutes to play in the first half and wouldn’t relinquish it the remainder of the game.

Behind Player of the Year candidate Markquis Nowell — who led all scorers with 18, dished seven assists, and hit a pair of deep 3-pointers — the Wildcats scored inside and out, taking advantage of a limited Eddie Lampkin on both offense and the glass. The Wildcats had five players in double-digit scoring and received a big boost off the bench behind Desi Sill’s 14 and a season-high 13 from Tykei Greene.

Trailing 36-30 out of the break, the Frogs attempted to change the momentum in the second half. Two minutes in, TCU was within two points, before an eight-point run stretched the deficit back to double-digits. The Frogs weren’t done making runs.

Kansas State, which squandered a 14-point lead to Texas their last time out, nearly gave away a 13-point advantage to the Frogs. With just over five minutes to play, the Frogs forced back-to-back turnovers leading to fast break layups, cutting the lead to six with five minutes to play.

But, as had been the story of much of the night, TCU couldn’t corral a defensive rebound off of a missed Nowell 3-point try, leading to two Wildcats free throws that stretched the lead to eight with 4:27 to play. An airball on the ensuing possession led to a dunk on the other end, and things unraveled from there.

What had been trimmed to a six point lead became 17 before you could blink, as the Wildcats ripped off an 11-0 run across 2:41 while TCU struggled with shot selection on its end of the floor. Scoreless for over four minutes, TCU fell victim to a 17-2 run over the final 4:23 as the Wildcats cruised to their seventh Big 12 win. With the loss, the Frogs fall to 17-7 overall and 6-5 in conference.

Four Frogs finished in double-digits, led by Damion Baugh’s 16. Micah Peavy and JaKobe Coles added 11 apiece off the bench, and Emanuel Miller added 10. Eddie Lampkin, making his return to the starting lineup after playing just eight minutes over the previous four games after suffering a high ankle sprain, played just 18 minutes Tuesday but was held scoreless by the Wildcats with one rebound and one assist.

The Frogs will welcome No. 14 Baylor to Schollmaier Arena on Saturday, and hope to have Miles back on the floor when they do.

Melissa Triebwasser, melissa@frogstoday.com

Reporter, photographer, and Horned Frog for life.

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