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Frogs hold off St. Bonaventure to claim tourney crown in Florida

From staff and wire reports

St. Bonaventure’s Idris Taqqee, left, and LaDarien Griffen, center, jam the ball into the basket as TCU’s Kouat Noi, right, tries to defend in Saturday’s championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.
St. Bonaventure’s Idris Taqqee, left, and LaDarien Griffen, center, jam the ball into the basket as TCU’s Kouat Noi, right, tries to defend in Saturday’s championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic. AP

Jaylen Fisher scored 20 points to lead five TCU players in double figures in Saturday’s 89-79 win over St. Bonaventure in the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic.

The Horned Frogs (6-0) also had big offensive contributions from Kenrich Williams (17 points), Kouat Noi (14), Desmond Bane (12) and Vladimir Brodziansky (11).

Williams, who also had 11 rebounds, was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

TCU led 39-36 at halftime before St. Bonaventure (3-2) pulled even at 41 less than a minute into the second half. TCU took control with a 16-6 run that included five points by Williams, a three-point play by Brodziansky and 3-point baskets by Bane and Noi.

The Horned Frogs extended to 11 a winning streak that began last season, and continued their mastery of tournament play.

Returning their top six scorers from last season, they’ve now won three out of the last four tournaments they’ve been in. Besides the NIT, they won the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas last year by knocking off UNLV and Washington. Their only tournament loss in that span came at the hands of Iowa State in a Big 12 semifinal last season.

That was the Frogs’ last loss before launching their current winning streak that puts them in a good position to possibly crack the Top 25.

TCU returns to action Wednesday with an 8 p.m. game at Schollmaier Arena against the Belmont Bruins (4-2) of the Ohio Valley Conference. It is one of six remaining nonconference games before the Frogs begin Big 12 play on Dec. 30 against Oklahoma.

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