TCU MEDIA RELATIONS:
LAS VEGAS Nev. - TCU toppled Washington Saturday night, 93-80, to claim the championship of the Global Sports Classic inside the Thomas & Mack Center and remain unbeaten on the season at 6-0.
In a game where the Horned Frogs led the entire way, Alex Robinson had a career-night with a season and career-high 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from deep. The sophomore, who was named to the all-tournament team following the conclusion of the Saturday night's game, did most of his damage in the second half, recording 16 points in the period.
Senior Karviar Shepherd and Vladimir Brodziansky were also in double-figures, scoring 15 and 12 points apiece, respectively. Kenrich Williams followed with 11 points and a team-high seven boards, while Jaylen Fisher chipped in with 10 points and a team-high five assists.
Washington (4-2) was carried by Markelle Fultz's 27-point night. Fultz went 8-of-13 from the field and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Noah Dickerson and David Crisp were also in double-figures with 14 points apiece, respectively.
TCU, who will face the Huskies next Wednesday night in Fort Worth, out-rebounded Washington to the tune of 36-29, while shooting 52.6 percent for the game. The Purple and White did most of their damage off the bench once again, posting a 48-18 advantage.
The two teams would open the second half going back and forth as Shepherd would score eight out of the first 10 points of the period to give TCU a 49-37 lead with 16:57 on the clock, which included a layup at the 17:33 mark off a beautiful dish from Fisher.
With the Frogs leading 54-52 following a Huskie run, Robinson would put an end to the Washington attack, soaring for a bucket with a little over 12 minutes remaining in the contest. The Frogs would push it to 67-58 a few plays later as Robinson and Williams would drop daggers from deep to give TCU a 67-56 advantage with 9:42 on the clock. During the stretch, the Purple and White turned a two-point lead into 12-2 run to build a 73-58 lead.
TCU would build its lead to 82-67 at the free throw line and never look back, moving to 6-0 on the young season.
The Horned Frogs jumped all over Washington early, going up 14-4 when JD Miller found pay-dirt at the 16:32 mark to increase the Purple and White advantage. The sophomore opened the game, scoring six out of the first 14 points for TCU. A few plays later, Miller would continue his hot start, tickling the twine from deep to give the Frogs a 19-4 advantage.
The Purple and White would push it to 21-6 midway through when Brandon Parrish soared through the lane for a contested layup at the 12:03 mark of the opening frame of play. Robinson then get into the act, drilling a triple with 12:11 on the clock to make it a 24-8 advantage.
Washington would cut into the deficit at 28-16, but Robinson would have nothing of it, scorching the nets for a triple with 5:51 remaining in the half. The momentum was short lived though as the Huskies would make it a 35-31 lead for TCU down the stretch off a mini-run.
The Horned Frogs would take a 39-31 lead into halftime thanks to a late bucket by Shepherd.