The TCU offense is firing on all cylinders to open the 2015-2016 season. Devonta Abron led all scorers with a career-high 19 points in a 90-63 win over the Houston Baptist Huskies at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth. Abron shot 7/14 from the field and 5/7 at the line while also picking up two rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. His previous career high came against Kansas in 2013, as he scored 18 in that contest.
Abron was one of five Frogs to finish the game in double-figures. Chauncey Collins and Vladimir Brodziansky each finished with 13, Malique Trent added 12, and JD Miller scored 11 off the bench. Brodizansky finished the game with six rebounds and appeared to be well on his way toward another double-double before yielding his spot on the floor to Miller. TCU's starting five sat for much of the second half after building a 44-19 halftime lead.
Karviar Shepherd had a night to remember as well, finishing the game with a career-high six assists. He also flirted with a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds. Brandon Parrish was productive once again, scoring seven points, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing out two assists. Michael Williams saw some significant minutes and added five points and three assists. Lyrik Shreiner got on the board with a free throw, leaving Dalton Dry as the only Frog to finish scoreless.
For the second straight game, TCU had a great night shooting. As a team, the Frogs shot 30/61 from the field (49.2%), 24/30 from the line (80.0%), and 6/18 from behind the arc (33.3%). More impressively, TCU had 21 assists on 30 made field goals while committing just eight turnovers. The Frogs won the rebounding battle 36-28 and blocked five shots.
TCU had the game won in the first half, thanks to a 36-6 run that saw Houston Baptist make just one field goal in the span of 13:27. Brodziansky led the charge in the first half, finishing the frame with 11 points and five rebounds. At one point he was outscoring Houston Baptist by himself, 11-10. The Huskies were done in by a dismal shooting performance over the first 20 minutes. HBU finished the half with 19 points on just 6/25 shooting from the field.
The Huskies improved in the second half, mainly due to Trent Johnson subbing in his second team midway through the frame. Houston Baptist scored 44 second half points to improve their shooting mark to 21/47 (44.7%) on the night. However, Abron's big night ensured that the Huskies never cut the deficit to less than 20. All 10 Horned Frogs saw at least 16 minutes of game action tonight.
With the win, TCU has now won 20 consecutive non-conference games, as well as 24 of their last 25. The Frogs now enter the heart of their non-conference schedule. TCU's next four games will be against teams that played in the postseason a year ago, beginning with South Dakota State on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.