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TCU edges New Mexico, will play for Emerald Coast title

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Kenrich Williams led Texas Christian with 23 points Friday as the Horned Frogs advanced to the Emerald Coast Classic title game with a narrow 69-67 victory over New Mexico.

TCU (5-0) will face Maryland or St. Bonaventure for the championship Saturday at Northwest Florida State College.

Williams also led TCU with 17 rebounds. Desmond Bane added 11 points and Jaylen Fisher scored 10 for the Horned Frogs.

''Fortunately, we had Kendrich who outrebounded pretty much everybody,'' said TCU coach Jamie Dixon. ''We've got to get better in 24 hours.''

Sam Logwood led the Lobos (2-3), who dropped their third straight game, with a career-high 27 points. Chris McNeal and Antino Jackson added 12 each.

''I don't believe in moral victories, but this is as close to one as we need right now,'' said New Mexico coach Paul Weir. ''It would have been great to get these guys a win given how our last two games have gone, but you have to tip your cap to TCU.''

New Mexico bolted to a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, but TCU gradually closed the gap until a Fisher layup put the Horned Frogs ahead for good 24-23 at the 6:35 mark of the first half.

The Frogs expanded their advantage to 13 points in the second half, but the Lobos closed the gap to 2 points on a three-point shot by McNeal with 10.8 seconds remaining. McNeal, though, missed a potential game-winner as time ran out.

Fisher, who led TCU in assists with five, started for the second time this season ahead of Alex Robinson, who missed the Frogs' win over Omaha with a right foot bone bruise. Robinson came off the bench Friday but scored only two points.

BIG PICTURE

TCU: The Horned Frogs continued a hot streak that began last season with their 10th consecutive victory. TCU's top six scorers are back from the 2016-17 team that capped its season by winning the NIT championship. So far they've remained unranked, but an Emerald Coast title would only boost their chances of cracking the Top 25.

New Mexico: The Lobos suffered their third consecutive defeat, a streak that began with a 75-56 road loss to in-state rival New Mexico State. It's been a disappointing start for a team that has shown an ability to score, topping 100 points in both of its victories and nearly missing that mark in a 102-96 loss to Tennessee Tech.

RIVALRY RENEWED

The two schools played for the first time since 2012, an 83-64 TCU victory, when both were members of the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs then departed for the Big 12. New Mexico now leads the series 16-7.

UP NEXT

TCU: The Horned Frogs will seek a second straight regular-season tournament title Saturday against Maryland or St. Bonaventure. The Frogs last season won the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.

New Mexico: The Lobos will try to snap their losing streak against Maryland or St. Bonaventure in the tournament's consolation game on Saturday.NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Kenrich Williams led Texas Christian with 23 points Friday as the Horned Frogs advanced to the Emerald Coast Classic title game with a narrow 69-67 victory over New Mexico.

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Key Players
C. McNeal
K. Williams
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
9.0 Pts. Per Game 9.0
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
42.2 Field Goal % 46.0
36.7 Three Point % 33.3
54.5 Free Throw % 100.0
  Defensive rebound by TCU 0.0
  Chris McNeal missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Sam Logwood 7.0
  Desmond Bane missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Desmond Bane missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Desmond Bane missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Sam Logwood 7.0
+ 3 Chris McNeal made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Antino Jackson 10.0
  Defensive rebound by Sam Logwood 10.0
  JD Miller missed 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  JD Miller missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
Team Stats
Points 67 69
Field Goals 23-67 (34.3%) 28-59 (47.5%)
3-Pointers 6-30 (20.0%) 4-14 (28.6%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 9-17 (52.9%)
Total Rebounds 35 46
Offensive 8 13
Defensive 20 28
Team 7 5
Assists 8 14
Steals 7 4
Blocks 3 9
Turnovers 9 16
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
23 PTS, 17 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo New Mexico 2-3 333467
home team logo TCU 5-0 402969
Team Stats
away team logo New Mexico 2-3 76.3 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo TCU 5-0 73.8 PPG 39.1 RPG 16.2 APG
Key Players
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S. Logwood G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
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K. Williams G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
S. Logwood G/F 27 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
K. Williams G 23 PTS 17 REB 2 AST
34.3 FG% 47.5
20.0 3PT FG% 28.6
83.3 FT% 52.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Logwood 27 6 1 10/21 0/1 7/8 3 31 0 0 2 2 4
C. McNeal 12 4 2 5/16 2/10 0/0 3 26 1 0 2 1 3
J. Furstinger 6 7 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 4 25 0 3 0 1 6
T. Simons 5 1 1 2/9 1/5 0/0 2 21 3 0 0 1 0
D. Kuiper 2 2 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 3 16 1 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Logwood 27 6 1 10/21 0/1 7/8 3 31 0 0 2 2 4
C. McNeal 12 4 2 5/16 2/10 0/0 3 26 1 0 2 1 3
J. Furstinger 6 7 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 4 25 0 3 0 1 6
T. Simons 5 1 1 2/9 1/5 0/0 2 21 3 0 0 1 0
D. Kuiper 2 2 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 3 16 1 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Jackson 12 4 1 4/9 3/7 1/2 1 24 0 0 1 0 4
V. Pinchuk 3 1 0 0/1 0/0 3/4 0 15 0 0 1 1 0
A. Mathis 0 1 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 0 1
M. Maluach 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 11 0 0 2 1 0
J. Simmons 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 15 2 0 1 1 0
C. MacDougall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Vail - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mondragon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 28 8 23/67 6/30 15/18 19 200 7 3 9 8 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Williams 23 17 2 9/16 2/3 3/3 1 36 1 2 1 5 12
D. Bane 11 2 1 5/8 1/2 0/2 4 24 0 1 1 0 2
J. Fisher 10 3 5 5/11 0/2 0/0 2 32 3 0 3 0 3
V. Brodziansky 8 3 0 3/4 1/2 1/2 1 27 0 1 4 2 1
J. Miller 7 6 1 3/7 0/2 1/4 3 26 0 5 2 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Williams 23 17 2 9/16 2/3 3/3 1 36 1 2 1 5 12
D. Bane 11 2 1 5/8 1/2 0/2 4 24 0 1 1 0 2
J. Fisher 10 3 5 5/11 0/2 0/0 2 32 3 0 3 0 3
V. Brodziansky 8 3 0 3/4 1/2 1/2 1 27 0 1 4 2 1
J. Miller 7 6 1 3/7 0/2 1/4 3 26 0 5 2 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hamdy 8 4 0 3/4 0/0 2/3 2 13 0 0 2 2 2
A. Robinson 2 3 4 0/6 0/2 2/3 2 23 0 0 3 1 2
S. Olden 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
K. Noi 0 3 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 4 14 0 0 0 1 2
D. Dry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Sottile - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Crawford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Mayen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Nembhard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Samuel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 41 14 28/59 4/14 9/17 19 200 4 9 16 13 28