TCU went to Las Vegas for their toughest test thus far this season and brought home a tournament title. The Frogs improved to 6-0 by beating the Washington Huskies 93-80 in the championship game of the Global Sports Classic.
TCU came ready for the Huskies and were able to get out to an early lead. Washington kept it close into the second half, at one point only being down 56-54. However, the Frogs, who never trailed in this game, were able to pull away to a 73-58 lead over the next three minutes en route to this important victory.
Point guard Alex Robinson played a huge role in helping TCU put away the Huskies. He helped fuel the second half run and finished the game with 24 points and 4 assists. He scored 8 consecutive points for the Frogs at one point in the second half.
Senior Karviar Shepherd played very well in the post against some of Washington’s bigs, dropping in 15 points and grabbing 5 boards.
Kenrich Williams once again led the Frogs on the glass, grabbing 7 rebounds for TCU and adding in 11 points.
As a team, TCU did a much better job tonight from the free throw line. The Frogs were able to make 78.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe against the Huskies and did an impressive job of getting into the bonus early and getting multiple trips to the line.
TCU once again did an impressive job defensively against a potent Huskies’ offense. The Frogs, who switched back and forth between man-to-man and zone most of the night, forced 18 turnovers, including 9 steals.
Washington was once again led by their star freshman Markelle Fultz, who finished the night with 27 points and 5 steals. However, Fultz got into foul trouble early and fouled out of the game with about seven minutes left in the game, which was very beneficial for the Frogs.
The Huskies also got a good game from sophomore forward Noah Dickerson. He finished the game with a double-double, dropping in 14 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Both TCU and Washington will now make their way to Schollmaier Arena for a rematch on Wednesday at 6pm CST. This game could have major resume implications if TCU can grab a second win over this Pac-12 opponent.