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TCU follows big win with big thud at Vanderbilt

TCU coach Jamie Dixon is a candidate at UCLA.
TCU coach Jamie Dixon is a candidate at UCLA. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

TCU basketball followed up its momentous Big Monday win against No. 7 West Virginia with a thud Saturday afternoon.

The Horned Frogs fell behind early and lost to Vanderbilt 81-78 Saturday afternoon in Nashville, Tennessee, in a game where TCU didn’t go to the free throw line once.

Vanderbilt (8-13), which was averaging 70.9 points a game, was led by Riley LaChance with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jeff Roberson had 20 points. Combined the Commodores were 17 of 26 from the field, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range.

The game was part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge. The Frogs (15-6) resume Big 12 Conference play at Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“We’re not a very good team defensively, we know that,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “We played a good game the other day defensively and I thought that might be the thing that would make it click. When you go on the road you’ve got to guard people.”

TCU briefly reclaimed the lead early in the second half before a 7-0 Vandy run made it 50-44. Still, the Frogs pulled to within 70-68 on Williams’ 3 with 8:22 remaining. And with 2:19 to go, Alex Robinson’s layup tied it at 76-76. Vlad Broadziansky’s layup followed a 3 from LaChance to pull TCU to within 79-78 with 47 seconds left but two offensive rebounds in the final 20 seconds forced TCU to foul. TCU outrebounded Vandy 36 to 21 and outshot them from the field but had five more turnovers and had no trips to the line compared to the Commodores’ 8 of 9 on free throws.

LaChance made both free throws and Kouat Noi’s 3 to tie it with three seconds left was off.

The Horned Frogs were without forward Ahmed Hamdy who was out sick. They fell behind 11-2 early and were playing catch up until Vlad Brodziansky’s jumper gave TCU its first lead at 17-16 with 12 minutes left in the first half.

Kenrich William’s layup gave TCU a five-point lead with just under 11 minutes in the half but the Commodores didn’t waver and built a nine-point lead before going into halftime leading 43-40.

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TCU (15-6): Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Brodziansky 7-12 0-0 15, Bane 6-11 0-0 12, Williams 8-14 0-0 17, Robinson 6-11 0-0 13, Noi 4-8 0-0 11, Olden 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 35-63 0-0 78.

VANDERBILT (8-13): Roberson 8-11 1-1 20, Obinna 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 4-10 2-3 11, LaChance 9-15 2-2 24, Evans 1-4 1-1 3, Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Baptiste 2-5 0-0 4, Austin 2-3 0-0 4, Willis 2-3 0-0 6, Toye 1-4 2-2 5. Totals 31-59 8-9 81.

Halftime—Vanderbilt 43-40. 3-Point Goals—TCU 8-23 (Noi 3-5, Olden 2-4, Robinson 1-3, Williams 1-4, Brodziansky 1-4, Bane 0-3), Vanderbilt 11-25 (LaChance 4-8, Roberson 3-5, Willis 2-3, Lee 1-2, Toye 1-3, Evans 0-2, Brown 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—TCU 33 (Williams 9), Vanderbilt 18 (LaChance, Brown 5). Assists—TCU 18 (Robinson 9), Vanderbilt 13 (Lee, LaChance 4). Total Fouls—TCU 10, Vanderbilt 11. A—9,755 (14,316).

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