FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jonathan Tavernari scored 17 points as BYU overcame a poor shooting performance to beat TCU 61-54 Saturday night.
BYU (25-6, 14-2) set a school record for most regular-season wins in a season and became the first Mountain West team to win 14 games in conference play.The Cougars shot 35 percent from the floor and lost a 10-point halftime lead. But the Horned Frogs hit just one field goal in the final 9:18 -- a 3-pointer from Jason Ebie with 1.6 seconds left.Lee Cummard had 16 points and eight rebounds and Sam Burgess scored 13 to give BYU its 13th win in 14 games.TCU (14-15, 6-10) has lost five of seven games. For the sixth time in seven seasons, the Horned Frogs finished with a losing record in conference play.Ryan Wall scored 15 points and Brent Hackett chipped in with 11 for the Horned FrogsThe Cougars open the Mountain West Tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play either Wyoming or Colorado State in their first game Thursday. TCU is the No. 7 seed and will play UNLV.Keion Mitchem connected on a 3-pointer that put TCU on top 46-44 with 9:18 remaining. But the Cougars went on an 11-1 run over the next six minutes to take control.The Cougars hit 6-of-8 free throws in the surge, and Cummard's 3-pointer put BYU ahead 55-47 with 3:36 left.BYU led 32-22 at halftime, but the Horned Frogs scored the first nine points of the second half to get within one. Hackett scored seven points in the run.Mitchem's 3-pointer gave TCU its last lead of the game. The Horned Frogs then missed their next 11 shots.TCU scored only 36 points and shot 24 percent in a loss to Air Force on Wednesday.The Horned Frogs took a 9-5 lead in the game's first five minutes. The Cougars went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead.Tavernari's 3-pointer with 1:23 left in the first half put BYU up by 10 heading into the locker room.