Big 12 Tournament Round Up Day 1

Vladimir Brodziansky (10) blocks Oklahoma’s Kameron McGusty’s shot in the first half of TCU’s 82-63 win in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, Global Basketball)

KANSAS CITY– Day one of the Phillips 66 Men’s Basketball Championship is in the books and it was an exciting evening of college basketball at the Sprint Center.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma Sooners:

Vladimir Brodziansky recorded 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the No. 8 seed TCU pummeled ninth-seeded Oklahoma 82-63 in the opening round of Big 12 Tournament. Kenrich Williams scored 19 points.

Alex Robinson added 17 and Jaylen Fisher 11.  Khadeem Lattin led the Sooners with 18 points. Kristian Doolittle had 11.

With the game tied 29-all, the Horned Frogs (18-14) used a 15-2 run in the first half to take control and then finished off the Sooners (11-20) with another big run in the second. Oklahoma pulled within seven, 55-48, when Jordan Shepherd made two free throws with 12:12 left. But TCU responded with a pair of 3s from Brandon Parrish and Brodziansky’s jumper that sparked a 12-0 run, giving the Horned Frogs a 67-50 lead.

TCU shot 60 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range. The Sooners shot 41 percent from the floor and 65 percent from beyond the arc.

Brodziansky had three blocks in the win, moving him into sole possession of second place in Horned Frogs history for blocks in a single season. TCU will battle No. 1 Kansas on Thursday.


Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders:

Kerwin Roach shoots a free throw in the second half of Texas’ 61-52 win over Texas Tech in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, Global Basketball)

Andrew Jones tallied 15 points as No. 10 seeded Texas rallied to beat No.7 seed Texas Tech 61-52.

Kerwin Roach Jr. had 13 points and Jarrett Allen 10. Trailing 26-20 at the half, the Longhorns (11-21) would rally around head coach Shaka Smart’s words, turn things around or the season ends.

And Texas did just that.

Mareik Isom’s deep 3 with 12:45 left cut Texas’ deficit to 37-31. The Red Raiders (18-14) responded with two consecutive baskets before the Longhorns went on a 16-2 tear. Roach’s free throw gave Texas a 45-44 edge with 5:30 to play.

Keenan Evans scored 11 points for Texas Tech. Anthony Livingston and Matthew Temple each added 10.

The Red Raiders shot just 36 percent from the field, made 5-of-19 from beyond the arc and went 5-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Texas Tech didn’t set foot on the line in the second half. The Longhorns shot an abysmal 7.7 percent from 3-point range in the first half but connected on 4-of-10 in the second.

Texas will face No. 2 seeded WVU on Thursday evening.


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