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TCU routs Texas Southern, 96-59

The Frogs led by as many as 39 on their way to 10-1.

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TCU improved to 10-1 Sunday, with a dominating performance over Texas Southern. 14 Frogs saw playing time, and 12 scored in the effort, as TCU did exactly what they needed to do against a TSU team on their second night of a back-to-back.

Chris Washburn led the way for TCU, scoring 15 points, followed by Alex Robinson with 13. The two were incredibly efficient, combining for 28 on 10-17 from the floor. Washburn also had nine rebounds, to lead all Frogs, ahead of a trio of players (Kenrich Williams, Vladimir Brodziansky, and Karviar Shepherd) who each pulled down six.

Jaylen Fisher and Kenrich Williams each added 12 points for TCU, helping the Frogs to 53% shooting from the floor and 40% from deep.

TCU also showed a little improvement from the charity stripe, making 70% (16-23) of their not-so-freebies. Individually, no Frog missed more than one attempt from the line.

The Frogs pulled away with relative ease in the first half, thanks to great play from Kenrich Williams and Jaylen Fisher, to lead 40-26 at the break. An 11-2 run to open up things in the second half set the tone for the remainder of the game, as the Frogs ran away with things.

JD Miller and Vladimir Brodziansky also had quality games for TCU, as they both continue to grace the starting lineup. Miller finished with nine points, five rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes, while Vlad had eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.

Games like this, while maybe not as entertaining as a close matchup, are great for TCU for a few different reasons.

First, Jamie Dixon gets a chance to empty the bench a bit, and really see what kind of depth he is working with. That’s absolutely the case with this win, as 12 Horned Frogs saw 10+ minutes of playing time.

The Frogs finished +23 on the boards, outrebounding Texas Southern 50-27, as their size and aggressiveness down low had a major impact on the game. 17 offensive rebounds led to 19 second-chance points, as the Frogs continue to improve on the glass.

Ultimately, TCU is now 10-1, with one more non-conference game before their Big 12 slate starts. I’m not sure anyone saw this kind of start coming from this squad, but one thing is for sure: This team will be far more competitive in conference play, if for no other reason than Jamie Dixon has been able to tap into these kids’ abilities in ways we haven’t seen before.

The Frogs will take the court again on Wednesday, when they host the 5-6 Bradley Braves at 8pm.