The Horned Frogs snapped a season high four-game losing streak with an 86-80 overtime win against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas Wednesday night. TCU improved to 15-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12.
The victory was TCU’s first win over the Wildcats in Manhattan since March 10, 1999 when the Frogs posted a 72-71 victory. Wednesday’s win boosted TCU head coach Jamie Dixon’s record to 18-8 all-time overtime games.
“The seniors had never beaten K-State, never won here, and we hadn’t beaten K-State in 19 years,” Dixon said. “All year we’ve been talking about doing firsts this year in our program’s history, and this is a huge win for us and huge win for our program.”
The Horned Frogs snapped out of their shooting slump Wednesday, hitting 10 shots three-pointers, which is tied for the most this season after making 10 against Bradley on Dec. 21, 2016.
TCU had six players score in double-figures for the second time this season, their first since the opening game of the season in a 82-64 win over St. Thomas.
JD Miller scored in double figures for the second straight game with a team-best 18 points. Miller was 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and his four made three-pointers made is a career high.
Vladimir Brodziansky reached double figures in scoring for a team-best 15th time this season with 17 points.
“He [Brodziansky] was big down the stretch,” Dixon said. “Vlad is a hard guy to guard especially when we surround him with shooters who are making shots.”
Karviar Shepherd led TCU in bench scoring with 11 points for his fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season. Shepherd scored eight of TCU’s first 10 points.
The Frogs out-rebounded Kansas State 33-31, and are now 14-3 on the season when grabbing more rebounds. TCU also hauled in 14 offensive rebounds.
“We’re one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country, and at Pitt, we always were,” Dixon said. “We felt we had to win the rebounding battle, and we did, which was key on the road.”
TCU forward Kenrich Williams, who is the second-leading rebounder in the Big 12, pulled down double-digit rebounds for the 12th time this season with 10 in the game. Williams also finished with 10 points for his ninth double-double of the season and third in the last four games.
The contest was back-and-forth from the start when TCU raced out to 29-15 lead, but K-State went on a 14-0 run to tie the game at 29 a span of four minutes.
TCU led 47-44 with 12:29 left in the game, but then K-State countered with an 8-0 run to take a five-point lead 52-47.
TCU guard Alex Robinson Jr. put the game away by knocking down both of his free throws, which gave the Horned Frogs a five-point lead with under a minute remaining in overtime, 85-80. Robinson recorded his 19th game with at least five assists, eight on Wednesday, and scored double-figures for the 14th time this season and third straight game.
Jaylen Fisher added another free throw to give the Horned Frogs an 86-80 lead. Fisher reached double-figures in scoring for the 11th time this season, after putting up 12 points against the Wildcats, and the first time since scoring 16 points in the road win over Texas on Jan. 11.
TCU returns to action Saturday when it hosts Texas at noon in Schollmaier Arena.