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TCU guard Chauncey Collins makes impact since returning from injury

Chauncey Collins, right, scored 20 points against Tarik Phillip and West Virginia.
Chauncey Collins, right, scored 20 points against Tarik Phillip and West Virginia. Star-Telegram

TCU sophomore Chauncey Collins is coming off a 20-point game, his career high.

That didn’t surprise everybody.

“We knew he could score,” center Karviar Shepherd said. “This is a typical game. I look for him to have those types of games. I look for him to have assists, rebounds — he’s just that type of player.”

Collins made 6 of 13 shots against West Virginia on Monday, his best shooting performance of the season, and added two assists and three rebounds in a season-high 36 minutes. He and his TCU teammates face Texas on Saturday night at Schollmaier Arena.

“He’s aggressive at times. He’s got to stay aggressive,” Shepherd said. “He’s got to keep helping our team be in the best position we can.”

Collins shares the point guard duties with starter Michael Williams, who has started the past eight games. Collins began the season as a starter, but he has come off the bench since sitting out Dec. 5 against Colgate because of a leg injury.

Off the bench, Collins is a 42.2 percent shooter, including 45.2 percent on 3-pointers. As a starter, he has shot 32.6 percent from the field and 29.6 percent on 3-pointers.

Monday against West Virginia, coach Trent Johnson praised the play of both point guards.

“I thought Chauncey was good in terms of getting to the basket. Mike was good in terms of getting to the basket,” he said. “What happened, we put the pressure on them to guard us, the way the game is being called now. And then you get to the free-throw line, make a couple of easy free throws, now you shoot a 3-ball deep in rhythm, and stuff happens.”

Collins is shooting 81.1 percent on free throws, second best on the team, but he’s taken the most free throws. He made 17 straight to start the season. He has made 18 of his past 21.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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