This time the TCU defense was there and the shots fell.
The Horned Frogs turned around a familiar script Wednesday. Instead of fading down the stretch with porous defense, the Frogs stood their ground and held off Rice for a 78-74 victory.
The way TCU lost to Tulsa on Saturday was a topic of discussion and intense video review for Frogs coach Jim Christian and his team.
Then, just like a coach dreams it up in his head, the opportunity for redemption presented itself.
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The Frogs trailed Rice by three with less than five minutes to go and Christian reminded them of the failures against Tulsa.
"This is where we were against Tulsa," Christian told his team during a timeout. "This is where we change it."
TCU (9-5) came up big offensively when it mattered most, outscoring the Owls (9-6) 15-5 in the final five minutes. Against Tulsa, no one stepped up offensively during crunch time. Against Rice in front of an announced crowd of 3,972, several players came up huge, including consecutive 3-pointers by three players in the final 4:31.
Hank Thorns, Nate Butler and Amric Fields, who tied a season high with 18 points, hit 3s on consecutive trips down the court. Fields' 3 gave the Frogs their first lead, 72-69, since six minutes into the second half.
"Coach ran a play for me to come off the corner and I missed that previous shot," Fields said. "I was feeling bad, but I got another chance and I stepped up and knocked it down."
Even bigger was Fields' defensive rebound on Rice's next shot attempt. He tied a career-high with six rebounds.
"He hasn't gotten that rebound all year, so for him to go do that is a huge improvement," Christian said. "We're going to be in that situation a lot, four-minute games. It has been like that all year."
TCU is 7-0 in games decided by six or fewer points. That's not including two losses at home, including Saturday against Tulsa, when victory was there for the taking for the Frogs.
Fields was fouled on the rebound and hit both shots. After Garlon Green tied up Rice's Arsalan Kazemi, the nation's leading rebounder, to force possession back to the Frogs, Thorns was fouled and iced the game with two free throws.
"We made it a focus in practice to lock down at the end of games," said guard Kyan Anderson, who had 13 points. "We know all of them are going to be close."