Charles Hill Jr. had a career night, scoring 20 points on 7-13 shooting as TCU knocked off the Bulldogs in the Big 12/SEC Challenge 71-61. Kyan Anderson added 16 points and 4 assists, and freshman center Karviar Shepherd pulled down 16 rebounds. TCU out rebounded Mississippi State on the night, 34-31.
Freshman Michael Williams also had 11 points on the night, and Brandon Parrish added 6 on just 1 for 6 shooting.
Of the three freshman, Shepherd's performance was the biggest, as he was constantly making life difficult for the Mississippi State bigs and taking away any second chances. To go with his 16 rebounds he also added 9 points, two of which came on big free throws in the final two minutes of play.
As a team the Frogs shot 45% from the floor, 45% from three point range, and 80% from the free throw line. It was TCU's third road win on the season, one better than they had all of last year.
Defensively, they held Mississippi State to 42% from the floor (36% in the first half) and 16% from three point range.
Craig Sword led the way for the Bulldogs, dropping 24 points on the night. He was the only Bulldog to reach double digits.
The Frogs' record moves to 5-3 on the season heading into a ten day break to allow for dead days and finals week before picking up again on December 15th against UT-Pan American.
For Mississippi State it's their first home loss of the year, and they drop to 5-2 overall.