TCU Wins Emerald Coast Title

Nov. 25, 2017

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NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jaylen Fisher scored 20 points to lead undefeated TCU to the Emerald Coast Classic championship on Saturday night with an 89-79 victory over St. Bonaventure.

There was plenty of back-and-forth before TCU (6-0) eventually overpowered the scrappy Bonnies (3-2) at Northwest Florida State College.

Five players scored in double figures for the Horned Frogs. Adding to Fisher's total were Kenrich Williams with 17 points, Kouat Noi with 14, Desmond Bane with 12, Vlad Brodziansky with 11.

Williams, who led TCU with 11 rebounds, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Izaiah Brockington led the Bonnies with 20 points followed by Matt Mobley with 18, Courtney Stockard with 16 and Ladarien Griffin with 13.

The score was tied four times and the lead changed five times in the first seven minutes. The Horned Frogs then broke a 12-12 tie on a pair of free throws by Ahmed Hamdy and maintained a lead that ranged from one to eight points before the first half ended with TCU up 39-36.

That pattern repeated in the second half. There were two ties and two lead changes in the first 3:24 of the half before TCU broke a 42-42 tie on a 3-pointer by Bane. This time, the closest the Bonnies could get was three points, while the Frogs expanded their lead to as many as 11.

The Horned Frogs extended a winning streak that began last season to 11 straight as well as their mastery of tournament play. Returning their top six scorers from last season, they've now won three out of the last four tournaments they've been involved in. Besides the NIT, they won the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas last year by knocking off UNLV and Washington. Their only tournament loss in that span came at the hands of Iowa State in a Big 12 semifinal last season. That was the Frogs' last loss before launching their current winning streak that puts them in a good position to crack the Top-25 and get an NCAA bid.

The Horned Frogs on Wednesday host Belmont (4-2), which is coming off a 66-65 loss to Providence, in one of their six remaining nonconference games before beginning Big 12 play.



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