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TCU Falls to No. 22 SMU, 75-70

TCU battled hard and held a lead late, but they couldn't finish the game.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

TCU dropped Wednesday's game against SMU 75-70, falling to 3-3 on the season in the process. The Frogs couldn't hold on to a late lead, making horrendous decisions offensively down the stretch. They rushed three-point shots all night, and it cost them late in the game.

Vladimir Brodziansky was a bright spot for the Frogs, scoring 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor. Unfortunately, TCU didn't really try to get him the ball in the final 10 minutes of the game. It's hard to say why, other than the rest of the team was trying to make three point shots instead.

Malique Trent and Chauncey Collins scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, but both did so on 4-for-12 shooting. Karviar Shepherd scored eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds, but took some questionable three-point shots late that doomed the Frogs.

For SMU, point guard Nic Moore scored 26 points, including four clutch points in the final two minutes to help SMU get to 5-0 on the season. Markus Kennedy added 15 points for the Mustangs, who, despite being ranked No. 22 coming into this game, will not see any postseason play thanks to a tournament ban handed down by the NCAA.

TCU jumped out to an impressive 22-10 lead early in the first half, but saw it completely disappear as SMU took a 40-37 lead into the half. This was, in part, due to Karviar Shepherd and Brandon Parrish both getting into some foul trouble early, forcing them to the bench for the majority of the half.

SMU led by as many as nine in the second half (60-51) before Malique Trent scored nine consecutive points for TCU, and Mike Williams make a layup, to help bring TCU back even with the Mustangs at 62.

The Frogs would hold on to a slim lead all the way down to the under-3 mark, before SMU took over and pulled away for the win.

The Frogs were outrebounded 43-28 on the night, with SMU making 18 second-chance points to help earn the win. TCU shot 44.1% from the floor, 69.2% from the free throw line, and 33.3% from deep on the night. SMU shot 43.8% from the floor, 57.1% from the free throw line, and 43.8% from the night.

TCU's next game comes on Saturday, as the Frogs host 2-4 Colgate.