“I was impressed and excited about our play,” said head coach Jamie Dixon.
Bane finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal in his best game of the year.
“All credits to my teammates,” Bane said. “When everybody’s getting touches, you’re gonna end up feeling good at some point, and tonight just happened to be my mind.”
The contest was over from the start, as TCU started off on a 15-5 run led by point guard Alex Robinson Jr. in the first six minutes of play.
Robinson had scored or assisted on ten of the points as he orchestrated a Horned Frogs offense that was shooting over 50 percent from the field.
The senior out of Fort Worth, who leads the Big 12 in assists, finished the game with 11 points and 12 assists. With Friday’s performance, he moves into 4th all-time in TCU history in assists.
“He’s a great point guard,” Bane said about Robinson. “He’s really good at getting in the lane and finding his teammates.”
TCU finished with 29 assists as a team after recording 31 Monday against Eastern Michigan.
Bane would take it from there, hustling hard on both ends of the floor. At the end of the first half, he would have 18 points on 7-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal.
“We’re getting him better shots,” Dixon said about Bane. “I’m excited about where we’re headed offensively.”
Outstanding play from Bane was a huge reason why TCU was shooting 58.8 percent from the floor at the half, giving them a resounding 46-26 lead over the Chippewas.
The Horned Frogs would continue to use efficient basketball and stout defense in the second half to cruise to an easy victory. Despite 19 points from guard Larry Austin JR., the Chippewas shot just 33 percent and never got within 16 points in the half.
“Coach really emphasized in the practices, you know, we gotta play extra hard defense, and that’s what we came out and did,” said forward JD Miller.
While Central Michigan came into the game averaging more than 86 points per game as a team, their 62 points in the game was a season-low.
For the second-straight game, guard Jaylen Fisher was on fire from the three-point line. The junior finished with four made threes on 40 percent shooting from deep and 14 total points.
“We can definitely tell when Fisher is on the floor, cause he spaces the floor out,” Miller said. “That’s just what he does, you know, space the floor out, make open shots. It helps us out.”
For a second-straight game, forward Kuoat Noi made his presence known, pouring in 16 points, while Miller recorded a game-high 12 rebounds. TCU out-rebounded Central Michigan 48-31.
The win pushes the Horned Frogs to 5-1 on the season and 35-5 against nonconference opponents in the Jamie Dixon era.
“You want to make progress, and we certainly have,” Dixon said. “I like where we’re headed.”
TCU will go on the road for the first time this season for their next action, as they head across town to play SMU. Tipoff in Dallas is set for December 5 at 9 p.m.
“This is going to be a good game, so we’re gonna be ready for them,” Miller said.