Frogs Roll in Australia Opener
Aug. 8, 2017
MOUNT DRUITT, New South Wales, Australia -- Senior guard Kenrich Williams had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead the TCU men's basketball team to a 108-54 win over the Savannah Pride Tuesday evening in Mount Druitt.
It was the Horned Frogs first of five exhibition games during their 12-day foreign tour of Australia.
The Savannah Pride is a team about one hour outside of Sydney that is made up of players of South Sudanese decent. Many of the team members grew up playing with TCU's Kouat Noi, a native of Newcastle, Australia. Noi, who played in front of his family, including his mother and father, scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
"It's a blessing," said Noi, whose mother got to see him play basketball for the first time in six years. "I haven't been home in a while. Just to have this crowd and some of the kids looking up to me, it's humbling."
TCU built a large lead in the first half by way of a 23-2 scoring run to go ahead, 42-13, midway through the second quarter.
TCU pulled away from the Pride with a 23-2 first half run, to lead 42-13 midway through the second quarter. The Frogs led 57-25 at the half.
The packed crowed inside small Kevin Betts Stadiumdds erupted early in the third quarter when Noi threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk. He gave the Frogs a 67-27 lead.
Senior forward Vladimir Brodziansky led all players with 22 points. He was 6-of-8 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line. As a team, TCU outshot Savannah from the field, 49 percent (39-of-79) to 27 percent (19-of-71). The Frogs were 9-of-26 (35 percent) from 3-point range with seven different players connecting from deep.
Sophomore guard Desmond Bane had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. All 11 TCU players that made the trip to Australia saw action in the game.
TCU outrebounded Savannah 49-32 and had 31 assists to just seven turnovers. Junior guard Alex Robinson had a game-high 10 assists to go with eight points.
TCU is back in action Thursday at 8 PM AES/5 AM CT against COE at Minto Indoor Sports Centre. For continued coverage of the Frogs in Australia, follow @TCUBasketball on Twitter.
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