TCU vs Mississippi State

Texas Christian tops Mississippi State 71-61

By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Charles Hill Jr. scored 20 points, Kyan Anderson added 16 and Texas Christian beat Mississippi State 71-61 on Thursday night in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

TCU (5-3) won for the fifth time in six games, jumping out to a 34-22 lead by halftime. The Horned Frogs led by 18 early in the second half, but the Bulldogs pulled within 59-56 on Roquez Johnson's putback with 2:24 remaining.

It was the closest they would get. The Horned Frogs scored the next four points and made the most of their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Mississippi State (5-2) lost for the first time at home this season. Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field.

Texas Christian made 25 of 31 (80.6 percent) free throws and 6 of 14 (43 percent) from 3-point range.

Jarvis Ray scored Texas Christian's first two points on a pair of free throws with his shorts on backward.

He was then summoned to the bench, laughing as he made the wardrobe adjustment while a pair of teammates shielded him from the crowd. It was one of the few mistakes by the Horned Frogs in the first half.

Texas Christian led after the first minute and pushed ahead 19-8 by midway through the first half thanks to nine straight points by Hill.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore came off to bench to score 10 points in the first half as the Horned Frogs pushed out to a 34-22 halftime lead. Mississippi State shot just 9 of 25 from the field (36 percent) in the first half and missed all six of its 3-point attempts.

But Mississippi State methodically fought back in the second half, using a few big 3-pointers by I.J. Ready to vault back into the game. Ready, a freshman guard, was playing his first game after missing three weeks with a strained hamstring. He finished with nine points.

Mississippi State escaped with a few wins last week, pulling out close games against Jackson State and Loyola despite not playing particularly well.

But the Horned Frogs weren't nearly as forgiving and punished the Bulldogs' defensive lapses, slicing through the lane for easy baskets.

It was TCU's first game since the loss of starting forward Amric Fields, who broke his hand in last week's loss to Harvard.

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Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kansas6-017-14
Baylor5-117-12
W. Virginia4-115-223
TCU3-214-332
Iowa St.3-311-647
Kansas St.2-313-451
Texas Tech2-313-449
Oklahoma1-47-9167
Texas1-57-11163
Oklahoma St.0-510-760

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky6-016-28
Florida5-014-33
S. Carolina4-014-326
Alabama3-110-697
Georgia4-212-643
Miss. State3-212-5115
Arkansas3-314-440
Ole Miss2-411-747
Tennessee2-49-962
Vanderbilt2-48-1076
Auburn1-411-685
LSU1-49-7103
Texas A&M1-59-890
Missouri0-45-11269
 
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