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New faces help propel TCU men to rout of SE Louisiana

TCU sophomore forward Vladimir Brodziansky, right, had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his first game with the Frogs.
TCU sophomore forward Vladimir Brodziansky, right, had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his first game with the Frogs.

TCU needed to shake off some rust from off-season hibernation while debuting new building blocks in Game 1 of the 2015-16 season.

One of those new faces was Vladimir Brodziansky, who played key roles in helping the Horned Frogs to a 90-77 victory over scrappy Southeastern Louisiana on Friday night at the University Rec Center.

Brodziansky was 6 of 7 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.

The sophomore transfer from Pratt Community College in Kansas was TCU’s most consistent performer, registering a double-double in his formal introduction to Division I basketball.

Brodziansky, a native of Slovakia, had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Brodziansky was 6 of 7 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.

Junior Karviar Shepherd had 16 points and six rebounds, and sophomore guard Chauncey Collins added 17 points.

“I think Vlad has been doing exactly what he’s been doing since he’s been here,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “He catches it, he scores, he’s efficient around the basket.”

“We have a lot of new faces and I had concerns from what I’ve seen in practice.”

The Frogs, who started the game 4 for 11 from the free-throw line, hit 28 of their last 30 attempts.

The Frogs played without Chris Washburn, who has what is believed to be a broken pinky finger suffered in practice this week. TCU was already without Kenrich Williams, who is out all season with a knee injury.

The Frogs, who started the game 4 for 11 from the free-throw line, hit 28 of their last 30 attempts.

TCU jumped out to 16-3 lead in the first 4  1/2 minutes. SE Louisiana got back in the game with a bothersome pressing in the backcourt.

SE Louisiana trimmed its deficit to 23-20 with 5:54 left in the first half, but the Frogs answered with a 10-0 run, capped by 3-pointers from Michael Williams and Chauncey Collins that put TCU back up by 16. The Frogs had 11 assists and 19 turnovers.

“We got off to a good start and got complacent,” Johnson said. “As a team we have to defend better and rebound better” and take better care of the ball, Johnson said.

“Let’s face it, we’re going to see a lot better pressure and lot better talent. So we’ve got to clean some things up.”

TCU played the first to two games this season at the University Rec Center while the finishing touches are put on renovated Schollmaier Arena, scheduled for a Dec. 20 coming-out party.

The Frogs next move to the Fort Worth school district’s Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center for their next three homes games, the first Thursday against Houston Baptist.

Let’s face it, we’re going to see a lot better pressure and lot better talent. So we’ve got to clean some things up.

TCU coach Trent Johnson

Another of TCU’s shiny new pieces, guard Malique Trent, the top-rated junior college combo guard last season and brought in from New Mexico Junior College, was limited by foul trouble in the first half.

Freshman JD Miller, a Seagoville product, rated by one recruiting service as the 19th-best small forward coming out of high school, was active inside. He challenged shots, finishing with five blocks and five rebounds in 10 minutes.

His two-handed dunk off an assist was a crowd-pleaser for the near-capacity 900 seat gymnasium.

“His basketball IQ, I’ve been really impressed with,” Johnson said. “He’s very coachable. It’s just he has to get accustomed to how hard you have to play at this level.

“We’ve got a long ways to go in a short period of time. It’s not our talent level … it’s all the new faces.”

 

TCU 90, SE LOUISIANA 77

SE LOUISIANA (0-1): Grieves 2-5 0-0 4, Cook 0-4 0-0 0, Hawkins 3-6 0-0 9, Jackson 6-17 6-8 19, Charleston 3-4 2-3 9, Veal 2-4 2-3 7, Capps 3-6 0-0 8, Filmore 2-9 1-3 7, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Greenwood 3-6 2-2 8, Currington 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 27-65 13-20 77.

TCU (1-0): Brodziansky 6-7 6-7 19, Parrish 3-3 3-4 10, Shepherd 4-8 8-10 16, Collins 3-7 9-9 17, Trent 2-6 4-4 8, Shreiner 1-3 1-2 4, M. Williams 2-7 0-1 5, Miller 1-4 4-6 6, Dry 0-1 1-2 1, Abron 2-3 0-2 4. Totals 24-49 36-47 90.

Halftime—TCU 42-31. 3-Point Goals—SE Louisiana 10-28 (Hawkins 3-4, Capps 2-4, Filmore 2-7, Charleston 1-1, Veal 1-2, Jackson 1-5, Greenwood 0-1, Grieves 0-2, Cook 0-2), TCU 6-12 (Collins 2-4, Parrish 1-1, Brodziansky 1-1, Shreiner 1-1, M. Williams 1-3, Trent 0-2). Fouled Out—Capps, Charleston, Cook, Veal. Rebounds—SE Louisiana 34 (Charleston 7), TCU 40 (Brodziansky 10). Assists—SE Louisiana 16 (Jackson, Veal 5), TCU 11 (Brodziansky 5). Total Fouls—SE Louisiana 37, TCU 21. Technical—Veal. A—4,341.

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