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Bragging rights retained: TCU knocks off SMU for second straight year

TCU’s Jamie Dixon talks strategy going into SMU game

TCU and SMU play its annual men's basketball on Wednesday. TCU coach Jamie Dixon talks about the matchup and the last time he visited Moody Coliseum.
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TCU and SMU play its annual men's basketball on Wednesday. TCU coach Jamie Dixon talks about the matchup and the last time he visited Moody Coliseum.

TCU kept its DFW basketball bragging rights for another year.

The Frogs overcame an early deficit and hung on for a 67-59 victory over SMU on Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum.

“Real happy with our guys,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “How we did it, just found a way. And just getting better as the year goes on.”

TCU has won this matchup two consecutive years after SMU had won it five straight times. SMU still owns the all-time series record at 106-87.

TCU improved to 6-1 on the season and is now on a three-game winning streak. SMU fell to 6-4, snapping a four-game winning streak.

Jaylen Fisher and JD Miller led TCU in scoring with 15 points apiece.

TCU got off to a slow start in the first half. The Frogs trailed by as many as 10 points early on and were down 35-29 at half.

But TCU, as it’s done much of the season, got better in the second half. The defense played well, limiting SMU to just 24 percent from the field (8-for-33) and 7 percent from 3-point range (1-for-14).

The Frogs took a 42-41 lead with 12:32 left in the game on a driving layup by Desmond Bane. That marked the first time TCU led since the 12:02 mark of the first half.

But that lead was short-lived with SMU knocking down a 3-pointer on the next possession.

Eventually, though, TCU took the lead for good. Fisher knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Frogs a 49-47 lead with 10:29 left and they stayed in front the rest of the way.

Fisher’s three started a 12-4 run for TCU, which included a 3-pointer by Kouat Noi.

Fisher made four 3-pointers in the final half.

Asked about his second-half surge, Fisher said: “Energy. Once you’re making shots, you feel like you’ve got a purpose being out there. Bringing something to the team. I just feel I brought energy and it felt like it pushed us over the hump.”

TCU’s next game is against USC at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

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