Sluggish TCU pulls away to beat Prairie View A&M

TCU guard Chauncey Collins, left, and Prairie View A&M’s Jordan Giddings scramble for a loose ball in the first half.
TCU guard Chauncey Collins, left, and Prairie View A&M’s Jordan Giddings scramble for a loose ball in the first half. Star-Telegram

TCU’s final game in its home away from home was nothing short of foul.

The Horned Frogs won their last game at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center on Friday night in a victory featuring more personal fouls than Prairie View A&M points.

The 58 fouls combined with 44 turnovers made it a long last night at the Fort Worth school district facility in TCU’s 73-55 victory over the winless Panthers. TCU committed 23 of those turnovers, following up the 26 it committed in a blowout loss to Washington this week, and missed too many of a lot of free-throw opportunities.

The Frogs (5-4), who led the Panthers by only three at halftime, outscored its nonconference opponent by 15 in the last 20 minutes.

That wasn’t enough to impress the Frogs’ coach.

“The positive thing is we won the game, but we’re not playing very good basketball right now,” coach Trent Johnson said. “Our lack of energy, we’re sluggish and we were like that going into the Washington game. I’ve got to get this fixed. I’ve got to get it corrected in a hurry.”

The next time TCU plays a home game it will be in the renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, which opens its doors for basketball on Dec. 20 against Abilene Christian.

In two years at Wilkerson-Greines, TCU went 14-8, including 11-2 in nonconference games.

Vladimir Brodziansky led TCU with 16 points, while forward Devonta Abron registered the second double-double of his career, with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. TCU’s reserves outscored Prairie View 30-12.

Malique Trent had nine points and six assists for TCU, though he was 1 for 10 from the field.

The game was a draw at halftime despite Prairie View shooting 20.7 percent.

Aside from a 39-point loss to Baylor in their last game, the Panthers did what they have done in two of their past three road games: hung tough in the first half. With some vim brought to the floor, Prairie View forced 12 TCU turnovers and, despite the Frogs’ size advantage, stayed even on the boards.

For the game, TCU shot 48 percent from the field. Prairie View misfired on 35 shots, shooting 34 percent.

TCU increased its lead to nine on Brodziansky’s dunk in the post, 14 on Chauncey Collins’ long 3-pointer and to that point a game-high 16 on Brodziansky’s tip-in at the 10:36 mark.

In addition to turnovers, TCU also struggled to win loose balls and missed 13 of its 38 free throws.

That’s the stuff that keeps coaches up at night.

“Ton of situations where we didn’t get to loose balls. We’re just not reacting to anything,” Johnson said. “We’re better than that … we’ve got to play better than that.”

PRAIRIE VIEW (0-8) — Miller 5-7 2-4 12, Williams 6-14 7-8 19, Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Bellinger 1-10 6-8 8, Blakely 0-1 0-2 0, Lomax 0-2 0-0 0, Giddings 0-3 0-2 0, Shaw 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 2-4 2-2 6, Wilson 0-1 0-0 0, Dobbs 0-0 0-0 0, York 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 18-53 19-28 55.

TCU (5-4) — Brodziansky 7-7 1-2 16, Shepherd 3-6 2-4 8, M. Williams 0-3 2-2 2, Trent 1-10 7-11 9, Parrish 3-5 1-2 8, Shreiner 0-0 2-2 2, Collins 3-7 1-1 9, Miller 2-2 3-7 7, Dry 0-2 0-0 0, Abron 3-4 6-7 12. Totals 22-46 25-38 73.

Halftime—TCU 26-23. 3-Point Goals—Prairie View 0-10 (York 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Bellinger 0-2, Hamilton 0-2, Giddings 0-3), TCU 4-15 (Collins 2-5, Brodziansky 1-1, Parrish 1-3, Dry 0-1, M. Williams 0-1, Trent 0-4). Fouled Out—Johnson, York. Rebounds—Prairie View 34 (Williams 12), TCU 38 (Abron 10). Assists—Prairie View 10 (Blakely 6), TCU 16 (Trent 6). Total Fouls—Prairie View 33, TCU 25. Technicals—Johnson, Trent. A—4,658.

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