After trailing for much of the contest, a Karviar Shepherd jump shot gave TCU a 57-54 lead with just 3:13 to go. Rhode Island would then go on a 12-3 run to end the game, sealing a 66-60 win for the Rams in the Semifinals of the Cancun Challenge.
Much like their game against South Dakota State on Saturday, the Frogs jumped out to an early lead. TCU held an 11-6 advantage before the Rams surged ahead. Rhode Island led by single-digits until about eight minutes remaining in the game when Chauncey Collins gave the Frogs a 51-49 edge. The two teams would go back and forth until Rhode Island's final run to end the game.
The Frogs were done in by a cold shooting night from the floor. As a team, TCU shot only 40.0%, connecting on 20 of their 50 shot attempts. Behind the arc, the Frogs managed to hit just three of their 11 three-point shots. Brandon Parrish was the lone bright spot for TCU, scoring 13 points on a perfect shooting night. The junior guard was 4/4 from the field, including 3/3 from behind the arc and 2/2 at the free throw line.
Chauncey Collins struggled to get anything going for the second straight game. He finished with just seven points on 3/9 shooting, including 0/4 from deep. Fellow guard Malique Trent also scored just seven points, via 3/10 shooting, including 0/3 from behind the arc. Vladimir Brodziansky, Karviar Shepherd, and Devonta Abron each finished with eight points. Brodziansky led the team in rebounds once again, tonight with six. Michael Williams accounted for the only other points scored for the Frogs.
Fouls played a major role in this contest. TCU committed 26 personal fouls in the game, leading to 33 shot attempts for the Rams. As a result, 21 of Rhode Island's 66 points scored came from the free throw line. Parrish, Abron, and Shepherd each fouled out of the game. Abron played just 10 minutes before his disqualification. Collins also struggled with foul issues, finishing the game with four.
The Rams were led tonight by a trio of double-digit scorers. Four McGlynn led the charge with 18 points, while Hassan Martin shot 50% from the field en route to scoring 14 points. Jared Terrell recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, Rhode Island didn't find much more success from the field than TCU. The Rams shot 43.5% from the field and 31.3% from behind the arc.
The Frogs fall to 2-2 on the season after tonight's contest. TCU will return to the court tomorrow at 5:00 PM to face the Illinois State Redbirds in the Third Place Game. ISU fell to Maryland in the other Semifinal, 77-66.