After four straight tough games against postseason teams from a year ago, the Frogs finally got the chance to flex their muscles tonight in a 76-49 win over the Colgate Raiders. The TCU defense stole the show, holding the Raiders to a season-low 49 points on 36.7% shooting from the field. The Frogs also dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Colgate 40-23.
The Frogs led wire-to-wire after jumping out to a 20-5 lead thanks to Vladimir Brodziansky's eight points in the first 10 minutes of play. He finished the game with a team-high 19 points on 70% shooting from the field. Brandon Parrish lit up the score sheet, chipping in 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a blocked shot in 38 minutes of action.
Karviar Shepherd set the tone early on the glass. He ripped down 11 rebounds in the first 11 minutes of the game. He was two points short of a double-double, finishing the game with eight. Shepherd also dished out four assists and blocked a couple of shots on the night.
After a very clean first half, the Frogs led 37-19 at the break and never looked back. TCU completed the first 20 minutes with just five turnovers and seven fouls committed. For the game, the Frogs turned the ball over just 11 times and committed a season-low 14 fouls.
On a night where the Frogs received meaningful contributions from nearly every player that stepped on the floor, JD Miller and Devonta Abron shined off the bench. Miller scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Abron added eight points, including a thunderous dunk midway through the second half that served as a death nail for the Raiders. He also grabbed five rebounds. Lyrik Shreiner appeared for about 11 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds. Dalton Dry was the only Frog to appear in the game and not score.
Malique Trent's hot-and-cold 2015 continued tonight, as he scored just six points on 3/7 shooting while adding seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals. He also committed a team-high four turnovers and three fouls. Michael Williams got the start tonight in place of an injured Chauncey Collins. Prior to the game, it was revealed that Collins is dealing with a quad injury. In his place, Williams scored eight points and dished out three assists.
An efficient TCU offense finished the game shooting 50.8% from the field, including 5/14 from behind the arc. The Frogs took a bit of a step backwards on the free throw line, shooting just 11/18. For the first time all season, TCU kept their fouling under control and only sent the Raiders to the line 10 times, where they shot 60%.
The Raiders were led by their top-scorer on the season Austin Tillotson, who finished the game with 20 points, including four deep balls. Dave Krmpotich was the only other double-digit scorer, finishing with 10 points. The team's leading rebounder, Malcolm Regisford, was held to just four boards and five points.
With the win, TCU improves to 4-3 on the year. The Frogs will return to court on Tuesday night for another tough game away from home. TCU will travel to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies at 10:00 PM central time at Alaska Airlines Arena. That game will be broadcast nationally on the Pac-12 Network.