TCU men’s basketball suffered its second loss of the season on Friday, when the Horned Frogs faced off against Nevada in the semifinal round of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. Despite a strong outing from senior forward Emanuel Miller, who finished with a team-leading 24 points and eight rebounds, TCU was unable to erase a double-digit deficit in the second half, with Nevada emerging victorious and handing the Horned Frogs an 88-75 loss. TCU (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) will face Hawaii on Sunday afternoon for third place.
TCU went through most of the game without head coach Jamie Dixon, who was assessed two technical fouls and ejected during the first half after arguing with the officials about foul calls against the Horned Frogs. Nevada made all four technical free throws and began pulling away late in the first half, building a double-digit lead behind lead guard Jarod Lucas, who scored a game-high 25 points on Friday. TCU struggled to contain the Wolfpack offense, as Nevada shot 52 percent from the field and went 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from the 3-point line in the game. At the end of the first half, the Wolfpack held a 48-36 lead.
While the Horned Frogs were highly effective at attacking the rim, drawing 21 fouls and converting 24-of-27 (88.9 percent) free throws, TCU went cold from the 3-point line, where the Horned Frogs went just 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) in the game. Despite shooting 45.3 percent for the game, the Horned Frogs were unable to claw into the Nevada lead, which remained consistently at double digits throughout the second half. TCU was also unable to take advantage of superior bench play and rebounding on Friday, when the Horned Frogs outscored Nevada 26-12 off the bench and outrebounded the Wolfpack 32-26. TCU held a 34-26 advantage in points in the paint and a 19-7 advantage in points on the fast break.