TCU beats Richmond 86-68, heads to New York

TCU locked in a trip to New York, with a 86-68 win over Richmond in the NIT quarterfinals.

One year ago TCU hired Jamie Dixon. The move has paid off in a big way. 

It is late March and TCU is still playing, defeating Richmond 86-68 on Tuesday night in NIT quarterfinals. The win locks in a trip for the Frogs to New York, to play in Madison Square Garden. 

Despite not playing with starting point guard Jaylen Fisher for the second straight game, TCU has won four of their last five games - their one loss to Iowa State, a NCAA Tournament team.


Team Notes

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Jamie Dixon being announced as TCU’s head coach.

* TCU advanced to the NIT semifinals for the first time in its history. The Horned Frogs will play the winner of Wednesday’s Illinois-UCF game Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden.

* The Horned Frogs (22-15) have their most wins since going 27-6 in the 1997-98 campaign. The 22 victories are a 10-game improvement for TCU over last season.

* TCU has recorded three postseason victories in the same year for the first time in program history. 

* At 15-6, TCU has its most home wins since going 15-1 in 2000-01.

* TCU led 41-26 at the break and is now 19-2 this season when ahead at the half. 

* The Horned Frogs held a 39-22 rebounding edge and are now 20-6 this season when outboarding the opponent.

* TCU was 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) at the free-throw line, equaling its top percentage of the season. The Horned Frogs were also 92.3 percent (12-of-13) Feb. 15 at Oklahoma State.

* The Horned Frogs trailed for only 52 seconds in the game.

* TCU maintained a double-digit lead for the final 17:43 of the game, including a margin of least 20 points for 7:54.

* TCU was without starting freshman guard Jaylen Fisher, who suffered a broken left wrist against Fresno State in the NIT’s opening round and is out for the season.

* TCU’s Jamie Dixon is now 20-13 as a head coach in postseason play. 

* Nine of the 11 Horned Frogs who saw action scored.

* Four Horned Frogs scored in double figures.

* TCU and Richmond met for the first time on the hardwood.

Individual Notes

* Kenrich Williams posted the first triple-double in TCU history with 11 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists with no turnovers. He reached the triple-double with an assist on a Desmond Bane layup with exactly 2 minutes to play for the Horned Frogs’ final points of the game.

* Williams’ team-best 14 rebounds give him 333 on the year, moving him past Dennis Davis (323, 1997-98) into sixth place on TCU’s single-season list. Next on the chart is H.E. Kirchner in fifth with 348 (1958-59).

* Williams has a double-double in all three postseason games.

* Williams previously recorded his 17th double-double of the season and 19th of his career.

* Williams led TCU in rebounding for a team-best 28th time this season. 

* Williams’ previous career high for assists was six on three occasions, most recently Sunday at Iowa. 

* Vladimir Brodziansky’s 20 points put him in double figures in scoring for a team-best 27th time this season, including eight of the last nine games.

* Brodziansky, who scored 12 of TCU’s opening 23 points, reached the 20-point mark for the seventh time this season.

* Alex Robinson’s 12 points put him in double figures for the 23rd time, second on the team.

* Robinson’s seven rebounds were one shy of a career-high eight Jan. 18 at Texas Tech. 

* Robinson’s five assists give him 211 on the year, fourth on TCU’s single-season chart. Next on the list is Hank Thorns in third place with 225 (2010-11).

* Brandon Parrish played in his 134th career game, extending his TCU record.

* Parrish had two 3-pointers to give him at least one trey for an eighth consecutive game after not having any in the previous four contests.

* Desmond Bane made his second consecutive start after not having started a game since Dec. 7 at SMU. He scored 13 points for the second-consecutive contest.

* Michael Williams’ five points were his most since scoring six Jan. 18 versus Texas Tech.

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