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Felix returns with 16 points and Texas coach Barnes gets career win No. 600 over TCU 66-43

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AUSTIN, Texas — Javan Felix returned after missing two games with a concussion to score 16 points and Texas gave coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 600 with a 66-43 win over TCU on Wednesday night.

Barnes is the 13th active major college coach to reach the 600-victory mark and did it in his 28th season, his 17th with the Longhorns. Texas (16-8, 5-6 Big 12) also won its second consecutive game after a four-game losing streak.

Felix made four of Texas' seven 3-pointers. Cam Ridley added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Longhorns.

Kyan Anderson had 11 points for TCU (14-10, 1-10), which scored just 16 in the first half in dropping its seventh straight loss.

Barnes started his career with one season at George Mason before stints at Providence and Clemson prior to taking the job at Texas. He's had only two losing seasons in 28 years with a career record of 600-308. He's led Texas to the NCAA tournament in 15 of his previous 16 seasons.

After the final buzzer, Barnes was presented with a game ball from Texas athletic director Steve Patterson as his team gathered around him.

Felix had been out since taking a hard hit on a screen against Baylor on Jan. 31. He took another tough hit on another screen in the first half against the Horned Frogs but stayed in the game.

Kendal Yancy, who was seldom used in Big 12 play until Felix was hurt, made two early 3-pointers and had eight points by halftime, doubling his season average. He finished with 12 points.

Yancy had already hit two early 3-pointers before Texas guard Isaiah Taylor scooped up a loose ball after a block, drove the lane and kicked out a long pass to Felix for another 3-pointer that put Texas ahead 19-10.

PHOTO: TCU’s Kenrich Williams, center, scrambles for a loose ball with Texas’ Kendal Yancy, top, and Demarcus Holland during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
TCU’s Kenrich Williams, center, scrambles for a loose ball with Texas’ Kendal Yancy, top, and Demarcus Holland during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Longhorns led 31-16 at halftime. Texas appeared to be cruising to an easy win before a 13-2 run by TCU cut the Longhorns lead to 39-32 with about 11 minutes left when Chauncey Collins made a 3-pointer.

The Longhorns pushed the lead back to 11 when Ridley took a low pass in the paint from Felix, took one step and threw down a two-handed dunk. Felix then put the game away with a 3-pointer with just under seven minutes left that put Texas ahead 53-37.


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Texas senior forward Jonathan Holmes missed his second consecutive game with a concussion. Holmes, who averages 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds, was injured early in the second half of Texas' loss to Oklahoma State on Feb. 4.

TCU lost one of its few breathers against non-ranked opponents. The Horned Frogs had played six consecutive games against ranked teams.


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