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TCU handles Iowa crowd, overtime to advance to NIT quarterfinals at home

TCU guard Alex Robinson discusses Iowa win without Fisher

TCU guard Alex Robinson, who had 19 points and 11 assists in Sunday's 94-92 overtime win over Iowa, says the Frogs were motivated to win for teammate Jaylen Fisher. Fisher is out for the year with a broken left wrist. Video by Jimmy Burch
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TCU guard Alex Robinson, who had 19 points and 11 assists in Sunday's 94-92 overtime win over Iowa, says the Frogs were motivated to win for teammate Jaylen Fisher. Fisher is out for the year with a broken left wrist. Video by Jimmy Burch

TCU’s turnaround men’s basketball season under first-year coach Jamie Dixon will include another game in Fort Worth because the Horned Frogs handled a double dose of difficulty in winning fashion Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Horned Frogs knocked off Iowa 94-92 in overtime in a second-round NIT matchup despite playing without freshman guard Jaylen Fisher, who was scratched during warmups because of a season-ending wrist injury.

But the Frogs 21-15 persevered in a loud, sold-out venue (capacity: 15,400) behind a strong offensive performance from five double-digit scorers, led by forward Vladimir Brodziansky and guard Alex Robinson. Both contributed a team-high 19 points, with Robinson adding 11 assists.

TCU built a 44-40 lead at halftime and made it stand up for most of the second hal in one of their best shooting performances of the season (50.7 percent from the field) while forcing Iowa into 17 turnovers, including 12 in the first half.

TCU men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon praised his team's efforts in knocking off Iowa 94-92 in Sunday's NIT matchup without injured point guard Jaylen Fisher. Alex Robinson (19 points, 11 assists) ran the offense and freshman Desmond Bane contrib

TCU advances to Tuesday’s third-round game in Schollmaier Arena against Richmond, a winner Sunday night over Oakland. Tuesday’s winner will play in the NIT semifinals in New York.

After the contest went into overtime, TCU went on a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 92-86 on a pair of Desmond Bane free throws with 24 seconds remaining. Bane, who started in Fisher’s absence, finished with 13 points and four assists.

The contest began in ominous fashion for the Frogs when TCU officials confirmed that Fisher, the top-ranked recruit in school history, would not return this season because of a broken left wrist suffered in Wednesday’s 66-59 victory over Fresno State in the team’s NIT opener.

TCU officials said Fisher sustained the injury during a fall in the second half of the Fresno State game but continued playing. X-rays taken Thursday revealed a crack in the bone and TCU had Fisher accompany his teammates on the trip in hope that he might be able to play with the soft cast he wore during Sunday’s contest. But when he reported pain during Sunday’s shoot-around, the decision was made to shut him down for the season.

Fisher, rated as ESPN’s No. 34 high school player in the country, ends his freshman season by averaging 9.9 points and four assists per game. He earned honorable mention honors from Big 12 coaches on the All-Big 12 team and led all Big 12 freshmen in assists this season.

TCU guard Kenrich Williams discusses the significance of Sunday's 94-92 win over Iowa that will allow the Frogs to play at home on Tuesday night for a chance to reach the NIT semifinals in New York. Video by Jimmy Burch

TCU 94, IOWA 92, OT

TCU

44

40

10

94

Iowa

40

44

8

92

TCU

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Brodziansky

28

9-12

1-1

4

3

19

Miller

24

3-8

0-0

4

2

7

Bane

37

3-9

6-7

2

3

13

Robinson

44

7-16

4-4

3

3

19

K.Williams

39

6-11

1-2

10

2

15

B.Parrish

26

5-7

0-2

1

4

14

Washburn

16

2-4

0-2

4

1

4

M.Williams

10

1-4

0-0

1

1

3

Shepherd

1

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

Totals

225

36-71

12-18

29

21

94

Percentages: FG .507, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (B.Parrish 4-6, K.Williams 2-5, Bane 1-3, Robinson 1-3, M.Williams 1-3, Miller 1-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 9 (28 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Brodziansky, K.Williams). Turnovers: 9 (Robinson 5, Bane, K.Williams, Miller, Shepherd). Steals: 13 (K.Williams 4, B.Parrish 3, Robinson 3, Washburn 2, Miller). Technical Fouls: K.Williams, 5:10 first.

Iowa

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Cook

28

7-7

2-5

5

2

16

Wagner

19

2-4

2-6

4

2

6

Bohannon

42

8-15

2-3

2

3

25

Jok

41

8-18

1-2

3

3

22

Moss

10

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

Baer

34

5-8

1-2

10

4

15

Pemsl

16

2-5

0-0

7

3

4

Uhl

15

1-1

0-0

1

0

2

Kriener

15

1-2

0-1

3

2

2

C.Williams

3

0-1

0-0

0

1

0

Ellingson

2

0-1

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

225

34-63

8-19

36

21

92

Percentages: FG .540, FT .421. 3-Point Goals: 16-30, .533 (Bohannon 7-12, Jok 5-10, Baer 4-6, Ellingson 0-1, Moss 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Baer 3, Pemsl). Turnovers: 17 (Cook 7, Bohannon 3, Jok 3, C.Williams, Pemsl, Uhl, Wagner). Steals: 3 (Baer 2, Wagner). Technical Fouls: Pemsl, 5:10 first.

A—15,400 (15,400).

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