FORT WORTH - For the third straight game, Texas Tech was within one possession of its opponent with merely seconds to play.
And with one second to go and the game tied at 61, TCU guard Alex Robinson drew a foul and was headed to the free-throw line.
Robinson split his shots at the stripe as the Horned Frogs held on to win 62-61. Tuesday night inside Schollmaier Arena.
“My opinion, that game should go to overtime and let the players decide who wins the game,” Tech coach Chris Beard said. “It’s frustrating as a coach because I love our team, I love our guys, I love Texas Tech. I would do anything possible to get these guys over the hump of these one possession games.”
Keenan Evans led the Red Raiders with 20 points, followed by Anthony Livingston with 14 and Niem Stevenson with 10.
Zach Smith recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Overall, Tech (16-8, 4-7 in Big 12) finished shooting 40.7 percent on the night.
“I thought we were dialed in,” Beard said. “I thought we came to play tonight. I thought we represented Tech well and gave ourselves a chance. It wasn’t our night.”
Texas Tech switched up its defensive game plan this time around.
After allowing the Horned Frogs (17-7, 6-5) to go to work inside earlier this season in Lubbock - a 26-16 TCU advantage in the paint behind 22 total points from Vlad Brodziansky - the Red Raiders focused more on the drive with multiple guys in help to clog the driving lanes.
That forced the Horned Frogs to take 3s.TCU entered Tuesday’s contest shooting 33.9 percent from the perimeter, mark that ranked ninth in the Big 12.
Tech’s plan worked early as the Horned Frogs were only 5-for-7 from the 3-point line.But then TCU got hot and finished the first half 5-for-7 from deep which helped the Horned Frogs stay in it.
“We had a couple, a lot, of hand down man down 3s,” Evans said. “We’ve got to work on that. We just have to learn how to finish them off and not give up stuff like that.”
TCU finished shooting 9-for-22 from deep and shot 47.4 percent from the floor.
Jaylen Fisher led the Horned Frogs with 17 points, followed by J.D. Miller with 15 and Brodziansky with 14.
The Red Raiders had a flashback to Austin as TCU ended the first half on a 10-0 run to take a one-point lead at the half.
Texas Tech led by as many as 12 in the opening period and was up by nine off a Keenan Evans 3-pointer.
But then the turnover bug bit as the Horned Frogs scored eight points in the final three minutes off a trio of Tech errs.
From there on out, though, the Red Raiders finished with only two turnovers in the second half, while TCU had 21.
Tech scored 28 points off those Horned Frog errs on the night.
The difference, though, came at the free-throw line as Texas Tech went 6-for-10 while TCU finished 13-for-17.
“We put ourselves in position where I think we earned a couple of calls tonight,” Beard said. “I thought our guys drove the ball tonight and for whatever reason couldn’t get a call late in the game.”
Player of the game
Whenever TCU needed a big shot, J.D. Miller was there to sink it. He finished with 15 points off 4-for-4 shooting from the perimeter.
Why TCU won
The Horned Frogs got to the free-throw line more often than Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were only 6-for-10 from the line, while TCU was 13-for-17. Furthermore, the Horned Frogs held a 35-28 advantage on the glass and finished with 10 second chance points.
Texas Tech hosts Kansas at 1 p.m. Saturday.