TCU advances to NIT title game with 68-53 win
March 28, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) Kenrich Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lift TCU to a 68-53 win over UCF in a NIT semifinal game on Tuesday night.
TCU will meet Georgia Tech in the championship game Thursday night.
Williams also grabbed 14 rebounds and had seven assists.
Vladimir Brodziansky led the Horned Frogs with 18 points.
Trailing by two at halftime, the Horned Frogs opened the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 45-36 lead. JD Miller sparked the run with three layups and a free throw.
TCU (23-15) was helped by UCF, which missed five of its first seven shots from the field in the second half.
For the game, UCF shot 33 percent, including missing 19 of 25 3-point attempts.
Despite all of TCU's strong play, UCF hung around for a bit. A.J. Davis' driving, one-handed jam with nine minutes left sliced the deficit to seven at 52-45.
Davis is the son of former NBA player Antonio Davis, who was in the MSG crowd.
That was as close as UCF (24-12) would get.
Williams' lay-in over AAC Defensive Player of the Year Taco Fall with 5:42 left pushed the lead to 56-45.
From that point, the Horned Frogs outscored UCF 12-8 to close out the game.
Matt Williams led the Knights with 15 points. B.J. Taylor had 10. Davis finished with nine.
UCF: Overall, the Knights' second postseason NIT appearance was a success. UCF won three games in the tournament.
TCU: The Horned Frogs have qualified for the NIT seven times in program history. This marks the first time TCU has reached the NIT title game.
UCF: The game was the first time UCF lost this season when holding a lead at halftime. The Knights led 31-29 at the half. Central Florida was 19-0 this season when leading at halftime.
TCU: The game might have been the program's first in Madison Square Garden. Luckily, coach Jamie Dixon is quite familiar with The World's Most Famous Arena. Dixon entered the game with a record of 26-15 at Madison Square Garden.
UCF: Season is over.
TCU: Will meet Georgia Tech in the NIT title game on Thursday night.
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