TCU jumped out on Omaha early in this one, and never really looked back. The Frogs made sure it was never really a game as they cruised to a 99-66 win over Omaha, moving to 4-0 on the season and sending the Mavericks to 0-5.
The Frogs had a great opportunity to show off their depth, as nine Frogs logged 14+ minutes on the evening, including 24 minutes for Shawn Olden, and 14 minutes for RJ Nembhard.
Olden spoke to the media after the game, noting that he’s just trying to stay ready when his number is called. “When I hear my name, I’m going to play my game.”
He stepped up in a big way on Monday night, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists.
Olden and Nembhard also saw extended time because Alex Robinson was out for the Frogs. He suffered a bone bruise in his foot last Wednesday against South Dakota.
Coach Dixon spoke about Robinson’s injury after the game. “I didn’t realize how bad it was, his foot is still a little swollen.” Robinson has had x-rays which didn’t reveal anything, but Dixon mentioned that they’ll continue to monitor the injury in the coming days.
TCU got out to a quick 18-8 lead, thanks to the hot early hands of Jaylen Fisher and JD Miller, and some fantastic team defense. Omaha had already turned the ball over five times at the under-12 timeout in the first half, and finished the game with 26 turnovers. TCU finished the first half with eight steals, and an 18-12 edge in rebounds.
The Frogs could continue to extend their lead throughout the half, going up by as many as 24. They would finish the half up 50-28. TCU was led by the trio of Vladimir Brodziansky, Kenrich Williams, and Desmond Bane in scoring at the half, all with seven. All nine Frogs that saw playing time in the first half scored.
Omaha struggled mightily in the first half, turning the ball over 13 times, and making just 12 shots. Zach Jackson was the lone bright spot in the first half for the Mavericks, scoring 10 points.
TCU would keep things rolling in the second half, as a Kenny Hustle dunk opened the second-half scoring for TCU. The Frogs lead 61-37 at the under-16 timeout, and a thunderous Desmond Bane dunk would give TCU a 73-39 lead with 12:11 remaining in the game. TCU would expand its lead to 40, 83-43, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
By that time, the biggest question left was whether or not TCU would reach 100 points on the night.
Vlad would finish as TCU’s leading scorer, with 19 points on the night to go along with six rebounds. Four other Frogs reached double-digit points, as Bane (14), Hustle (11), Miller (10) and Ahmed Hamdy (10) all filled up the box score for TCU.
Fisher would finish with nine points and nine assists, so close to a double double, while Kenny Hustle finished with six points and five assists to go with his 11 points.
Zach Jackson finished with 17 points for Omaha, shooting 7-11 from the floor for the night. The Mavericks, though, would finish the game with 26 turnovers, a devastating number for a tired team lacking depth.
TCU heads to Florida on Wednesday, where they’ll play a tournament starting Friday evening against New Mexico.
Check out Jamie Dixon, Jaylen Fisher, and Shawn Olden’s full postgame comments below: