Program's First Triple-Double Sends TCU to NYC


March 21, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kenrich Williams had a triple-double as the Horned Frogs rolled over Richmond 86-68 Tuesday night to win their bracket of the NIT and advance to the Final Four for the first time.

Williams had 11 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists with no turnovers for TCU (22-15), which was seeded fourth and knocked out top-seeded Iowa in the second round.

Williams reached the triple-double with an assist on a Desmond Bane layup with exactly 2 minutes to play for the Horned Frogs' final points of the game.

The Horned Frogs trailed for only 52 seconds in the contest and maintained a double-digit lead for the final 17:43 of the game.

Vladimir Brodziansky scored a team-high 20 points, including 12 of TCU's opening 23 points. Bane added 13 and Alex Robinson had 12.

The Horned Frogs, under first-year coach Jamie Dixon, will play the winner of UCF-Illinois in Madison Square Garden next Tuesday.

The victory for Dixon had added meaning as he was hired by his alma mater exactly one year ago (March 21, 2016).

T.J. Cline had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the sixth-seeded Spiders (22-13), De'Monte Buckingham had 11 points and Khwan Fore 10.

Brodziansky had six points in an early 11-0 run that put TCU up 21-9 and added another basket and two free throws to help push the lead to 32-15 with 4:39 left in the first half. He had 16 points and Williams had nine with 10 rebounds as the Horned Frogs shot 50 percent and led 41-26 at the break.

After six quick Richmond points cut it to nine, TCU went on a 13-1 run with Brandon Parrish, JD Miller and Bane hitting 3s. Richmond never challenged after that.


 

 

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