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TCU men take third-place game in Mexico, beating Illinois State

TCU Horned Frogs head coach Trent Johnson and forward Brandon Parrish, shown on the sideline in a past game, had the Frogs on the right course Wednesday night in the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.
TCU Horned Frogs head coach Trent Johnson and forward Brandon Parrish, shown on the sideline in a past game, had the Frogs on the right course Wednesday night in the Cancun Challenge in Mexico. Special to the Star-Telegram

Sophomore tansfer Malique Trent scored 19 points as one of three TCU players in double figures Wednesday night and the Horned Frogs defeated Illinois State 71-60 in the third-place game of the Cancun Challenge.

The Frogs, who led by as many as 19 Wednesday, shot a season-high 50.9 percent from the field, while limiting the Redbirds to only 36 percent, including 16.7 percent on 3-point attempts.

TCU improved to 3-2, ending a two-game losing streak. Illinois State, coming off an NIT appearance a year ago, dropped to 2-4.

Trent was 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Fellow sophomore Vladimir Brodziansky had 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting. The Slovakian native just missed his second career double-double, corralling a game-high nine rebounds.

Karviar Shepherd scored 15 points on 6-of-9 from the field. Arlington Seguin product Brandon Parrish, who was named to the all-tournament team Wednesday, had eight points, five rebounds and no turnovers in a game-high 37 minutes.

“We were going to have to handle their pressure and make good decisions. Our players know we have enough in that locker room to get this job done,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “We don’t make a lot of excuses. New guys have to understand that if you’re in a position to make a play, you have to do it.”

Karviar Shepherd added 15 points for the Horned Frogs (3-2), who were without starters Chris Washburn and Kenrich Williams. Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season.

“I told them to feel good about this. It’s a nice plane ride home, and then we have to get ready,” Johnson added.

TCU faces SMU on Wednesday.

The Frogs’ largest lead was 55-36 after a shot by Brodziansky with 6:39 to go.

The Frogs controlled the contest from the start, jumping out to a 14-point lead in the first half. TCU dished out 13 assists, including a career-high five by point guard Chauncey Collins.

TCU led for almost 37 minutes. The Frogs did most of their damage inside the paint, recording a 38-26 advantage, and led in rebounding 34-33.

TCU, which led 32-23 at halftime, opened the second half with Collins finding Brodziansky for the dunk. A few plays later Trent connected on a layup and the Frogs went up by nine at 36-27.

JD Miller scored on a three-point play to put the Frogs up by 14 midway through the second half.

Illinois State cut the lead to nine points. but Parrish’s 3-pointer with 1:54 to play made it 65-53 and sealed the victory.

TCU had lost 66-60 to Rhode Island in the tournament opener Tuesday.

TCU (3-2) — Brodziansky 8-12 0-0 16, Shepherd 6-9 2-2 15, Collins 0-5 1-1 1, Trent 7-12 2-4 19, Parrish 2-4 2-5 8, Shreiner 0-0 0-0 0, M. Williams 1-5 2-2 4, Miller 2-2 2-3 6, Dry 0-1 0-0 0, Abron 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-53 11-17 71.

ILLINOIS ST. (2-4) — McIntosh 3-8 1-5 7, Hawkins 3-7 0-0 6, Lee 4-10 7-10 16, Wills 0-2 0-0 0, Akoon-Purcell 5-13 4-5 14, Banyard 1-2 0-0 2, Brewer 0-2 4-4 4, Evans 0-2 0-0 0, Ndiaye 0-1 0-0 0, McCloud 0-4 0-0 0, Griffin 4-4 1-3 11. Totals 20-55 17-27 60.

Halftime—TCU 32, Illinois St. 23. 3-Point Goals—TCU 6-17 (Trent 3-7, Parrish 2-3, Shepherd 1-1, Collins 0-3, M. Williams 0-3), Illinois St. 3-18 (Griffin 2-2, Lee 1-3, Akoon-Purcell 0-1, Evans 0-1, Wills 0-2, Hawkins 0-2, McIntosh 0-3, McCloud 0-4). Fouled Out—McIntosh, Wills. Rebounds—TCU 34 (Brodziansky 9), Illinois St. 33 (McIntosh 9). Assists—TCU 13 (Collins, M. Williams 5), Illinois St. 5 (Akoon-Purcell 2). Total Fouls—TCU 22, Illinois St. 19. A—982.

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