Chris Washburn scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help TCU beat Mississippi State 61-52 on Saturday in the championship game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic.
Amric Fields had a season-high 11 points for TCU (7-0) and sophomore Kenrich Williams added 10 with 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. It was the Horned Frogs’ seventh consecutive victory after finishing last season with 19 straight losses.
Mississippi State (5-1) was paced by Fred Thomas’ 14 points, and Trivante Bloodman and Gavin Ware added 11 points apiece. The Bulldogs struggled from the field, making 19 of 52 field goals (36.5 percent) — after scoring 75 in a semifinal win over Saint Louis on Friday.
Travis Daniels, who made 8 of 11 shots and had 21 points Friday against the Billikens, finished with just five points for the Bulldogs.
TCU led 30-21 at halftime after not allowing Mississippi State to score a field goal for the final 3:29 of the half.
The Frogs had a 37-33 rebounding advantage. Mississippi State had three assists and 12 turnovers, while TCU had 12 assists and 15 turnovers.
TCU won despite leading scorer Kyan Anderson having to sit the majority of the game with foul trouble.
Williams was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Washburn and senior Trey Zeigler picked up all-tournament accolades.
Mississippi State cut TCU’s lead to five with 3:36 left, but Anderson’s tear-drop shot from the right side made it 53-45 with a little over two minutes remaining.