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TCU tops old rival behind Kenrich Williams’ double-double

TCU guard Kenrich Williams, at right in a game earlier this season, nearly matched his career highs in both points and rebounds in Friday’s win over New Mexico in the Emerald Coast Classic.
TCU guard Kenrich Williams, at right in a game earlier this season, nearly matched his career highs in both points and rebounds in Friday’s win over New Mexico in the Emerald Coast Classic. Special to S-T/Ray Carlin

Senior guard Kenrich Williams had 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the unbeaten TCU Horned Frogs over the New Mexico Lobos 69-67 in Friday’s first-round game of the Emerald Coast Classic.

TCU survived a stale finish that saw the Frogs score just two points in the final 4:49 and miss 5 of 6 free throw attempts in the game’s last half-minute.

The Frogs (5-0) will meet either St. Bonaventure or Maryland at 6 p.m. Saturday for the tournament championship. St. Bonaventure and Maryland played in Friday’s late game.

For Williams, a 6-foot-7 senior from Waco, it was only the third time in 75 career games he had scored as many as 20 points. It was two points off of his career-high 25 scored in the NIT championship game last season.

New Mexico (2-3) took an early 9-2 lead over former Mountain West Conference rival TCU but a layup by Jaylen Fisher put the Frogs ahead 24-23 with 6:25 left in the first half. TCU would never trail again.

Desmond Bane had 11 points and Fisher 10 in support of Williams. Senior forward J.D. Miller had seven points, six rebounds and five blocked shots, including two in the final 46 seconds.

Lobos senior forward Sam Logwood scored a career-high 27 points to lead all scorers.

NEW MEXICO (2-3): Furstinger 2-6 2-2 6, Simons 2-9 0-0 5, McNeal 5-16 0-0 12, Logwood 10-21 7-8 27, Kuiper 0-1 2-2 2, Pinchuk 0-1 3-4 3, A.Jackson 4-9 1-2 12, Mathis 0-3 0-0 0, Maluach 0-1 0-0 0, Simmons 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-67 15-18 67.

TCU (5-0): Miller 3-7 1-4 7, Brodziansky 3-4 1-2 8, Fisher 5-11 0-0 10, Bane 5-8 0-2 11, Williams 9-16 3-3 23, Hamdy 3-4 2-3 8, Noi 0-2 0-0 0, Robinson 0-6 2-3 2, Olden 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 9-17 69.

Halftime—TCU 40-33. 3-Point Goals—New Mexico 6-30 (A.Jackson 3-7, McNeal 2-10, Simons 1-5, Maluach 0-1, Logwood 0-1, Kuiper 0-1, Furstinger 0-2, Mathis 0-3), TCU 4-14 (Williams 2-3, Bane 1-2, Brodziansky 1-2, Olden 0-1, Fisher 0-2, Robinson 0-2, Miller 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—New Mexico 28 (Furstinger 7), TCU 41 (Williams 17). Assists—New Mexico 8 (McNeal, Furstinger 2), TCU 14 (Fisher 5). Total Fouls—New Mexico 19, TCU 19. A—1,000 (2,200).

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