Strong Second Half Gives TCU Big Win
Aug. 10, 2017
MINTO, New South Wales, Australia -- Senior forward Vladimir Brodziansky scored a game-high 21 to lead the TCU men's basketball team to a 105-71 win over Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence Thursday evening at Minto Indoor Sports Centre.
It was the Horned Frogs' second of five games during their 12-day foreign tour of Australia.
COE scored the first four points of the game before TCU began to take over. TCU held a 29-19 after the first quarter. The Frogs went on a 26-8 scoring run to end the half and lead 54-43 at the break. TCU extended its scoring run to 42-17 to lead 99-62 midway through the fourth quarter, its largest lead of the game.
Sophomore guard Desmond Bane and senior guard Kenrich Williams each scored 16 points. Williams added a team-high seven assists and six rebounds. Bane was 2-of-3 from 3-point range and had four assists.
"We played really hard," said head coach Jamie Dixon. "They (COE) played hard. What a physical team they are. I was impressed with how big they were. It's the best players in Australia, 19 and under. We are a little bit older than them, but it's their best team. It's their junior national team."
Redshirt freshman guard and Australia native Kouat Noi scored 11 points, as did junior forward JD Miller, who also added a team-high nine rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Ahmed Hamdy, a graduate transfer from VCU, was among the six Horned Frogs in double figures with 13 points.
"I thought we did some good things," said Dixon. "JD and Desmond played well. Vlad did a good job on our ball screens. It was a good game for us."
Junior guard Alex Robinson dished out six assists and scored nine points with the help of two 3-pointers.
TCU shot 51.9 percent from the field and forced COE into 28 turnovers.
It was TCU's final game in Sydney. The team will fly to Melbourne for three games, starting with Saturday's 7:30 PM AES/2:30 AM CT game with the Melbourne All-Stars at Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
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