FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Andrew Jones scored 16 points while making all four of his 3-pointers, and No. 15 Texas finished the regular season with a third consecutive road victory, beating TCU 76-64 on Sunday night.
The added week of Big 12 games to account for COVID-19 and weather postponements worked out well for the Longhorns (17-7, 11-6 Big 12). They also won at Iowa State and 15th-ranked Oklahoma to reach 9-2 away from home and 6-2 in true road games.
Matt Coleman III scored 14 points and Courtney Ramey had 13 points and six assists for Texas, which moved up to the third seed in the Big 12 tournament and will face No. 18 Texas Tech, the sixth seed, in the quarterfinals Thursday.
RJ Nembhard scored 13 points and Mike Miles added 12 for the Horned Frogs (12-13, 5-11), who lost six of their last seven in the regular season to drop below .500 and are 0-9 against ranked teams.
After starting 1 of 6 from 3-point range, the Longhorns were 10 of 17 the rest of the way. That included a trio of long 3s from Ramey early in the second half as Texas stretched its lead to nine.
Once the Longhorns built a cushion with 3-point shooting, they kept it by continue to hit shots from beyond the arc. Ramey, Jones and Coleman combined to go 9 of 14 from deep.
The Horned Frogs kept pace from long range for most of the game before fading and finishing 8 of 21. TCU tied a season high with 22 turnovers, leading to a 22-12 advantage for Texas in points off turnovers.
Jericho Sims scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Kai Jones added 10, with freshman and fellow big man Greg Brown helping both get dunks while recording a career-high four assists. Brown, though, had a bit of a blooper in the second half when he missed on a between-the-legs dunk on a breakaway.
Texas: The Longhorns have found a groove after COVID-19 disrupted their season in late January. They’re 6-2 since a double-overtime loss at No. 17 Oklahoma State a month ago. Texas had late-season momentum last season as well, before the coronavirus shutdown. A five-game winning streak included three road victories.
TCU: Coach Jamie Dixon, who is in his fifth season at his alma mater, hasn’t had a losing season in 18 years as a head coach. The Horned Frogs will have to win twice in the Big 12 tournament for him to avoid his first. Dixon also has never gone winless in Top 25 games as a coach. TCU would get another chance in the Big 12 quarterfinals with a first-round win.