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Men’s Basketball: TCU finishes third in Diamond Head Classic

The Horned Frogs held off host school Hawaii for a 65-51 win on Sunday evening.

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TCU men’s basketball concluded the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday evening, outlasting Hawaii 65-51 to end the tournament in third place out of eight schools. The game featured a significant change to the starting lineup of the Horned Frogs, who moved Jameer Nelson Jr. and JaKobe Coles to the bench in favor of reserve guards Avery Anderson III and Trey Tennyson, who finished with 10 points and five rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting in the win. Nelson Jr. scored a team-high 13 points off the bench for the Horned Frogs (10-2, 0-0 Big 12), who will conclude nonconference play with a game against Texas A&M-Commerce.

TCU turned in a better shooting performance from the 3-point line, finishing 6-for-10 after going 3-for-14 during its semifinal loss against Nevada. The Horned Frogs outscored Hawaii 10-0 on the fast break and controlled the interior throughout the game, holding a 34-20 advantage in paint points. TCU forced 19 Hawaii turnovers and scored 17 points off of those turnovers. Despite entering the game as one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the country, the Rainbow Warriors were held to a 7-for-28 shooting rate (25 percent) from behind the arc. Noel Coleman was Hawaii’s only player in double figures with 19 points.

Emanuel Miller was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 rebounds over three games. Miller finished with eight points and seven rebounds against the Rainbow Warriors, while Xavier Cork and Micah Peavy each added nine points, with Cork totaling a team-high eight rebounds and Peavy grabbing seven rebounds. TCU shot 45.5 percent from the field and overcame five missed free throws, holding Hawaii to a season-low 51 points in the win. The Horned Frogs controlled the game from the start, earning a 36-27 halftime lead and growing their lead to double figures in the second half.