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TCU rallies from 20 down to beat No. 22 Texas, 65-60


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Damion Baugh led TCU on a frantic second-half comeback, Eddie Lampkin provided the go-ahead bucket with 39 seconds left, and the Horned Frogs rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat No. 22 Texas 65-60 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

Baugh finished with 17 points, and Mike Miles overcame an ankle injury and a dreadful first half to add 13 points as fifth-seeded TCU (20-11) rode its school-record fifth win over a ranked team this season into a semifinal matchup with No. 6 Kansas or West Virginia on Friday.

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The Horned Frogs trailed 40-20 before Miles scored just before halftime, and that jumpstarted a comeback fueled by some hot shooting and defensive stops. They finally pulled ahead with just under seven minutes left, then took the lead for good when Baugh found Lampkin under the basket on a set play out of a timeout.

Marcus Carr missed at the other end for Texas (21-11), Lampkin pulled down the rebound, and Francisco Farabello made both of his free throws with 15.9 seconds left to put the game away.

Timmy Allen led the Longhorns with 16 points and nine rebounds. Courtney Ramey had 15 points and nine boards.

Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) gets a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against TCU in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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There was an odd feeling for the quarterfinal inside T-Mobile Center as a winter snowstorm swirled outside. Two years ago, the Longhorns were on the same court preparing for a game against Texas Tech at the exact same time of day when phones belonging to Big 12 officials began to chirp. Within an hour, the rest of the tournament was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the NCAA Tournament, and life is still working its way back to normalcy.

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Last year’s tournament, where the Longhorns beat the Red Raiders for the title, was played inside a mostly empty arena.

Texas appeared to put its quarterfinal away early, going on a 20-1 run late in the first half. Allen did most of the damage with back-to-back baskets and a pair of free throws on consecutive possessions, and Brock Cunningham hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, eventually giving the Longhorns a 20-point lead in the final minute of the half.

Miles, the second-team, All-Big 12 guard who’d been 0 for 7 from the field with three air balls from beyond the arc, finally got a tough layup to go inside the final minute, drawing the Horned Frogs within 40- 22 at the break.

It wound up being the start of a massive comeback.

Miles led the way by hitting four straight baskets, including a couple 3-pointers, and Baugh hit another as the Horned Frogs whittled the deficit to 52-48 with just under 10 minutes to play. And when Devin Askew slid into Miles and the TCU star had to leave briefly with a right ankle injury, Emanuel Miller carried the baton.

His basket with 6:45 to go gave the Horned Frogs their first lead since midway through the first half, and coach Jamie Dixon’s team was able to hang on through some pressure possessions to pick up the win.

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TCU has only made one other Big 12 Tournament semifinal game, losing during the 2017 event. In fact, the Horned Frogs were just 5-9 in the tournament with losses to Kansas State in each of their last four trips.

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Texas: After shooting 65.2% from the field in the first half, the Longhorns were 1 of 11 from beyond the arc and shot 22.6% in the second half. They were also beaten on the boards and dominated in the paint.

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The Horned Frogs play the Jayhawks or the Mountaineers for a spot in the Big 12 title game.


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