There was nothing lucky about tonight in Sin City for the Dawgs, as the TCU Horned Frogs (6-0) walked away with a victory in their first of back to back games with the men who wear the purple and the gold (4-2).
Yet another strong showing from Markelle Fultz could not hold off Alex Robinson and a deep Horned Frogs team, who took an early lead and never looked back. Robinson had a career high 24 points on the night, while teammate Karviar Shepherd added 15 of his own in a strong showing from the Horned Frogs. The TCU bench outscored the Huskies’ bench 48-18, which was pretty much the story of the game.
The Huskies started off flat while TCU went on a 19-4 run in the first 7 1⁄2 minutes. At one point in the first half, the Dawgs were able to step up on defense and trim TCU’s lead down to 4 points, before TCU finished the half strong with another run. The second half was no different, as the Huskies were able to get within 2 points to make it 54-52, but they were unable to close the gap as TCU scored 19 of the final 25 points.
Fultz lead the Huskies in scoring with 27 points, along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, a block and 4 turnovers in 25 minutes. Noah Dickerson and David Crisp each contributed 14 points of their own, while Dominic Green was the only other Husky to score in double digits with 10 points. Dickerson also had 10 rebounds. As a team, the Huskies hit on 45.9% from the field tonight and 27.8% (5-18) from deep. Both teams had 18 turnovers.
The Dawgs went 1-1 on the weekend in the Global Sports Classic tournament at UNLV, and next head to Fort Worth where they will play TCU again on Wednesday. This is the second leg of a home and home series from 2015-2016. The Huskies won last year’s meeting at Hec Ed 92-67.
Here’s to a rebound later this week. Go Dawgs.