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TCU leans on defense in blowout of Alabama State

Alabama State Hornets guard Torloft Thomas (3) is pressured by TCU Horned Frogs guard Jaylen Fisher (0) in the first half. Alabama State men play TCU in Fort Worth, Monday, November 14, 2016.
Alabama State Hornets guard Torloft Thomas (3) is pressured by TCU Horned Frogs guard Jaylen Fisher (0) in the first half. Alabama State men play TCU in Fort Worth, Monday, November 14, 2016. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon arrived in Fort Worth with a reputation for building stingy defensive teams during his 13 seasons at Pittsburgh.

The Horned Frogs displayed that trait up and down the lineup Monday night in a 98-62 rout of Alabama State at Schollmaier Arena.

TCU (2-0) limited the Hornets to a 28.0 percent shooting performance from the field in the first half and forced 22 turnovers, including 17 in the opening half, while taking control of the contest quickly and decisively. Freshman guard Desmond Bane led the scoring with 19 points, forward J.D. Miller added 17 and TCU held Alabama State (0-2) to 15 first-half points, tied for No. 9 on TCU’s career list of stingiest defensive halves.

TCU’s next game is Friday against Jacksonville State (6 p.m., Schollmaier Arena).

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