Nov. 12, 2012
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FORT WORTH—Four Horned Frogs scored in double figures to help TCU run its season record to 2-0 Monday with a 75-47 victory over Centenary at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Frogs dominated inside during the win, posting big advantages on the boards and scoring in the paint.
TCU opened the season with a second consecutive win for the fourth straight year. The squad also helped Trent Johnson become the first Frog head coach to win his first two games on campus since Billy Tubbs opened up with three consecutive victories.
It was a good night for a pair of second-year senior forwards, as Adrick McKinney and Connell Crossland both reached personal bests in the scoring column to lead TCU’s offensive attack. McKinney equaled his previous career best with 16 points in just 14 minutes of action, while Crossland posted his first career double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. The two players combined to shoot 12-of 17 from the floor, helping TCU post a 56.4 percent overall rate for the evening.
Two other Frogs also reached double figures in scoring in junior guard Jarvis Ray and sophomore guard Kyan Anderson. Ray was 5-of-7 from the field, while Anderson went 2-for-3 from 3-point range to continue his hot start to the season from outside.
Sophomore forward Devonta Abron chipped in nine points off the bench, as the Frogs outscored the Gents in the paint by a 52-18 margin. Senior guard Nate Butler Lind also played exceptionally, dishing out three of TCU’s 18 assists in addition to totaling one blocked shot and steal each.
The Frogs opened up a 16-point advantage by halftime and never looked back, building a lead as large as 31 points late in the contest. The game was a tight affair in the first 10 minutes before TCU went on a 14-1 run to take control. McKinney and Crossland fueled the run with four points apiece in the stretch.
TCU added another impressive run midway through the second half to put the game out of reach, scoring 12 straight points over a 3:45 stretch. McKinney opened the spurt with seven points that included three consecutive layups resulting from nice feeds from Butler Lind (twice) and Crossland. Ray put an exclamation point on the run, and TCU’s performance against the Grents, with a layup at the 10:12 mark that pushed the Frog lead to 58-31.
TCU returns to the DMC court Thursday for the third matchup of its season-opening five-game homestand against SMU. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised by FOX Sports Southwest, is set for 7 p.m.