February 16, 2019 / 7:30 PM / 6 months ago

Doolittle's 21 points lead Oklahoma over TCU

Kristian Doolittle had 21 points and 10 rebounds, lifting Oklahoma to a 71-62 win over TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday.

Feb 16, 2019; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners forward Brady Manek (35) grabs a rebound during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Sooners (16-10, 4-9 Big 12). After winning 11 of their first 12 games at home this year, the Horned Frogs (17-8, 5-7) have dropped two consecutive home games and four of six games overall.

Doolittle was 8 of 11 from the field as the Sooners shot 50 percent from the floor overall. The junior’s two best scoring performances of the season have come against TCU. He scored a season-high 24 points in the first meeting.

Brady Manek and Christian James scored 14 each for Oklahoma.

James’ off-balance jumper with about a minute to play, coming right after TCU’s R.J. Nembhard hit a 3-pointer to cut the Sooners’ lead to five, gave Oklahoma some breathing room. Doolittle then hit four free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Kendric Davis and J.D. Miller had 14 points each to lead the Horned Frogs. Miller had 11 rebounds.

TCU led by as many as eight points in the first half before 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Matt Freeman ignited a deficit-erasing 8-0 run.

After going 1 of 18 from behind the 3-point line in 10 games dating back to mid-December, Freeman has made more of an impact from long range in the Sooners’ last four games, hitting 5 of 12 attempts.

The Sooners hit six of their last seven shots of the first half to take a two-point lead into the break.

Oklahoma started the second half hot as well, with three 3-pointers over the first 2:24 after the break in an 11-4 run and the Sooners led the rest of the way.

The Horned Frogs were without sophomore forward Kouat Noi, who had a season-high 30 in Oklahoma’s 76-74 home win over TCU in early January. He rolled his ankle in practice.

Senior center Jamuni McNeace played seven minutes for the Sooners. He hadn’t played since Feb. 4 because of a right ankle injury that has bothered him since November.

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