TCU Falls 81-78 in Big 12/SEC Challenge
Jan. 27, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Vanderbilt Commodores gave themselves something to celebrate in what's been a very trying season.
Riley LaChance's 3-pointer with 1:17 left put Vanderbilt ahead to stay, and the Commodores beat TCU 81-78 Saturday afternoon in the Big 12/Southeastern Conference Challenge.
TCU (15-6) came in off an upset of No. 7 West Virginia, and another win might've gotten the Horned Frogs back in the Top 25. Now the Horned Frogs now have lost five of seven overall. They also are 3-2 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and haven't beaten Vanderbilt since 1951.
''We shot 56 percent and outrebound by 15,'' TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. ''It's hard to lose a game when you do those two things, but we found a way.''
TCU guard Alex Robinson's layup tied it up at 76 with 2:19 left. But Robinson missed a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:27 left, and LaChance gave Vandy the lead for good with his fourth 3. Vladimir Brodziansky scored on layup to pull TCU within 79-78. LaChance hit a pair of free throws with 10.8 seconds left, and Kouat Noi's 3-pointer hit off the front rim with 3 seconds left for TCU.
The Horned Frogs scored the first four points of the second half to take a 44-43 lead on a bucket by Bane. But LaChance answered with a 3, and Lee scored on a fast-break layup followed by a layup by LaChance with 17:39 left.
Vanderbilt led 43-40 at halftime after leading by as many as nine in the first half. TCU used 11 straight points to go up 21-16 before the Commodores went on a 19-5 run to take the lead back.
''It's hard to get zero free throws because I've never been a part of it,'' Dixon said.
''We don't follow through on assignments, we just don't do it well enough to be the team I think we can be ...,'' Dixon said. ''This is similar to every game we've lost. But our defensive numbers are putting us in that position plus our slow starts.''
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