Vladimir Brodziansky stole the show tonight. The junior college transfer originally from Prievidza, Slovakia recorded a double-double in his first Division I game as a Horned Frog. Brodziansky led all scorers with 19 points on 6/7 shooting from the field. He was also 6/7 from the free throw line. As if that wasn't enough, Brodziansky also collecting 10 rebounds, dished out five assists, and blocked two shots, while only committing three turnovers.
Brodziansky got the start tonight in place of Chris Washburn, who had emergency surgery to repair a broken right pinky finger earlier this week. He is expected to miss 3-5 weeks. TCU is optimistic that Washburn will return for the opening of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena against Abilene Christian on December 20.
Chauncey Collins and Karviar Shepherd also dazzled in tonight's 13 point win. Collins got the start at point guard, passing his first major test running the offense. He scored 17 points on the night while also collecting three rebounds. He shot a perfect 9/9 from the free throw line. Shepherd finished with 16 points and six rebounds. He was also very impressive at the line, shooting 8/10 from the charity stripe.
Brandon Parrish and Malique Trent rounded out the starting five, with Parrish scoring 10 and Trent scoring 8. Parrish was perfect from the field, and was a missed free throw from a perfect shooting night overall. Trent was benched early after picking up two fouls in the first 2:20 of the game. He wouldn't return until early in the second half where he quickly picked up a third foul. After returning midway through the frame, Trent dropped eight points on 2/6 shooting from the field. He was also 4/4 from the line.
JD Miller led TCU off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds. Michael Williams added another five points and three boards while freshman Lyrik Shreiner scored four points and two rebounds. Devonta Abron knocked in four points and four rebounds. A late free throw gave Dalton Dry his first point of the season, and ensured that all 10 healthy Horned Frogs scored in the game.
On a night when Southeastern Louisiana committed 37 team fouls and had four starters foul out, TCU was very impressive from the charity stripe. The Frogs started 6/14 before hitting 25 consecutive free throws. TCU would finish 36/47 from the line, a blistering 76.6%. Team shooting was impressive overall. As a group, the Frogs finished 24/49 from the field, good for 49.0% while hitting 6/12 of their three pointers. Four different Frogs hit a three.
TCU jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first four minutes before Southeastern Louisiana came charging back. Brodziansky would come to the rescue again, scoring four quick points to ignite another TCU run that put the Frogs up 42-31 at the half. TCU built a 66-44 lead early in the second half, but Southeastern Louisiana came storming back with a couple of 7-0 runs. The Lions would keep things relatively close for much of the second half, but foul troubles kept TCU in front.
The TCU defense struggled without Chris Washburn and Kenrich Williams, allowing Southeastern Louisiana to score 77 points on 41.5% from the field. The Frogs allowed 77 or more points just six times in regulation last season, all in Big 12 play, with four of those coming on the road. TCU did, however, control the defensive boards, out-rebounding Southeastern Louisiana 30-21 on the defensive end and 40-34 overall. The Frogs also recorded 10 blocked shots as a team.
The Frogs have now won 19 consecutive non-conference games, as well as 23 of their last 24. TCU will return to action on Thursday, November 19 against the Houston Baptist Huskies. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.