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TCU’s perimeter defense shines in NIT semifinals

TCU's Dixon breaks down the win over UCF

TCU men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon discusses Tuesday's 68-53 win over Central Florida the moved the Horned Frogs on to the NIT championship game Thursday against Georgia Tech. Video by Jimmy Burch
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TCU men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon discusses Tuesday's 68-53 win over Central Florida the moved the Horned Frogs on to the NIT championship game Thursday against Georgia Tech. Video by Jimmy Burch

TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon cited the Horned Frogs’ perimeter defensive as one of the primary factors in helping TCU rally from a halftime deficit to a 68-53 victory in Tuesday’s NIT semifinals game against Central Florida in Madison Square Garden.

The Horned Frogs (23-15) advanced to Thursday’s championship game against Georgia Tech (7 p.m., ESPN). To get there, the Frogs limited the Knights to a 1-for-14 shooting performance from beyond the arc after UCF had made 5-of-11 from long range in the opening half. TCU held UCF to 24 percent shooting from beyond the arc in the contest (6-of-25), including a paltry 7.1 percent in the second half.

“They made some shots early that we thought we guarded well,” Dixon said. “We didn’t think they could sustain it. They were 1-for-14 (from 3-point range) in the second half and I don’t think they really had a good look. I thought that really, really was the big difference in the game.”

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