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No. 20 TCU leads throughout, rolls past Oral Roberts 79-62

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) With nine newcomers and the first preseason ranking in 20 years, TCU figures to lean on holdovers Alex Robinson, Desmond Bane and JD Miller to try to live up to the billing early.

Such was the case in the season's second game.

Robinson scored 23 points, Bane added 22 to go with the 6-foot-8 Miller's game-high seven assists and the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs never trailed after struggling in the opener, rolling to a 79-62 victory over Oral Roberts on Sunday.

''Those three guys, we're real comfortable with them. They're real comfortable with us,'' said coach Jamie Dixon, starting his third season at his alma mater. ''But they're more comfortable with each other. We've just got guys that got to play together. That's what those guys bring.''

The Horned Frogs (2-0) were sluggish in their opener, trailing by as many as 11 points before rallying to beat Cal State Bakersfield.

But TCU took the opposite approach against the Golden Eagles (1-2), running out to a 23-6 lead in the first seven minutes before Oral Roberts got within seven points in the second half.

The Horned Frogs reasserted control with a 7-0 run for a 50-36 lead, had another 7-0 spurt to push the margin to 22 and led by as many as 25 points in the second half.

''You've seen this a lot,'' ORU coach Paul Mills said. ''Sometimes you get a lead and people think it's going to be easier than what they anticipate. I am proud of our guys for their fight. The thing they began to do was to get out and try to get easier opportunities in transition.''

TCU redshirt freshman Kevin Samuel of Barbuda had his first double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Miller had 13 points to go with the assists as the Horned Frogs had assists on 22 of 29 baskets. Bane had five assists.

''We really had good spacing today's game,'' Miller said. ''Coach really emphasized in the first game we didn't have good spacing.''

Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 16 points and eight rebounds and Sam Kearns scored 15 for Oral Roberts in a matchup of teams with 17 newcomers between them. The Golden Eagles have eight.

''Anytime you have eight new guys, having not been in a Big 12 environment, you don't really understand the defensive end of the court,'' Mills said. ''I thought we established, got better there and allowed us to get back in the game.''

BIG PICTURE

Oral Roberts: The Golden Eagles gave themselves something to build on by erasing a good portion of a 17-point first-half deficit before halftime. Although they faded after getting close in the second half, the bucket that got them within seven was a boost - an emphatic dunk from Kerwin Smith.

TCU: In the opening minutes, the Horned Frogs looked determined to show something after falling behind early against Cal State Bakersfield. While the lull that followed didn't please Dixon much, the surge after the Golden Eagles got close in the second half was impressive in its variety.

''I thought we were really good early and then it just kind of got away from us, forced some shots, quick ones,'' Dixon said. ''That's just what you might expect with a team finding itself.''

3-POINT EFFICIENCY

Robinson was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and Bane, the Big 12's best 3-point shooter last season, made two of four to help the Horned Frogs finish at 47 percent behind the arc (7 of 15). The Golden Eagles weren't anywhere close to that accuracy, making just five of 21 (24 percent).

GETTING CLOSE

Dixon said point guard Jaylen Fisher is closer to a return after an eventful 10 months with a right knee injury that started with a meniscus tear in January. Fisher had arthroscopic surgery in September. ''He probably feels like he can play. We're just being cautious I guess,'' Dixon said.

UP NEXT

Oral Roberts: California Baptist at home Tuesday.

TCU: Fresno State at home Thursday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Chris Miller made hook shot 16.0
+ 1 Kaden Archie made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Kaden Archie made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Shooting foul on Chris Miller 30.0
  Offensive rebound by Kaden Archie 31.0
  Kaden Archie missed driving layup 22.0
+ 2 Francis Lacis made dunk 43.0
  Offensive rebound by Francis Lacis 48.0
  Kaelen Malone missed jump shot 50.0
  Offensive rebound by Francis Lacis 59.0
  Aidan Saunders missed floating jump shot 1:01
Team Stats
Points 62 79
Field Goals 23-63 (36.5%) 29-57 (50.9%)
3-Pointers 5-21 (23.8%) 7-15 (46.7%)
Free Throws 11-18 (61.1%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 42
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 20 31
Team 3 3
Assists 12 22
Steals 7 6
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 13 16
Fouls 14 15
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 8 REB
23 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Oral Roberts 1-2 283462
home team logo 20 TCU 2-0 374279
Team Stats
away team logo Oral Roberts 1-2 72.3 PPG 38.6 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo 20 TCU 2-0 74.1 PPG 39 RPG 16.2 APG
Key Players
23
E. Nzekwesi F 14.8 PPG 8.5 RPG 1.2 APG 53.5 FG%
25
A. Robinson G 12.7 PPG 3.7 RPG 7.0 APG 42.4 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Nzekwesi F 16 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
A. Robinson G 23 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
36.5 FG% 50.9
23.8 3PT FG% 46.7
61.1 FT% 70.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Nzekwesi 16 8 0 5/15 1/2 5/6 1 27 3 0 1 2 6
S. Kearns 15 0 0 5/10 3/7 2/2 4 29 1 1 3 0 0
K. Smith 10 5 0 4/6 0/0 2/4 1 27 0 1 1 1 4
C. Jurgens 2 3 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 25 0 1 3 1 2
A. Saunders 0 2 4 0/9 0/2 0/0 1 27 3 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Nzekwesi 16 8 0 5/15 1/2 5/6 1 27 3 0 1 2 6
S. Kearns 15 0 0 5/10 3/7 2/2 4 29 1 1 3 0 0
K. Smith 10 5 0 4/6 0/0 2/4 1 27 0 1 1 1 4
C. Jurgens 2 3 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 25 0 1 3 1 2
A. Saunders 0 2 4 0/9 0/2 0/0 1 27 3 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Malone 11 4 5 5/10 0/1 1/2 2 28 0 0 2 0 4
D. Weaver 3 2 2 1/5 1/5 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 2 0
F. Lacis 3 4 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 11 0 0 0 2 2
C. Miller 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
E. Ahmedic 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 2 1 0
R. Fuqua - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Obanor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Schneider - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 30 12 23/63 5/21 11/18 14 200 7 3 13 10 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Robinson 23 1 3 7/10 4/6 5/8 0 34 1 2 3 0 1
D. Bane 22 2 5 8/14 2/4 4/5 2 37 2 0 2 1 1
J. Miller 13 4 7 6/8 1/2 0/0 3 26 0 0 0 0 4
K. Samuel 11 11 3 5/8 0/0 1/2 2 22 0 0 2 1 10
R. Nembhard 0 3 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 19 0 0 3 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Robinson 23 1 3 7/10 4/6 5/8 0 34 1 2 3 0 1
D. Bane 22 2 5 8/14 2/4 4/5 2 37 2 0 2 1 1
J. Miller 13 4 7 6/8 1/2 0/0 3 26 0 0 0 0 4
K. Samuel 11 11 3 5/8 0/0 1/2 2 22 0 0 2 1 10
R. Nembhard 0 3 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 19 0 0 3 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davis 6 6 1 2/7 0/1 2/3 1 17 1 0 1 1 5
K. Archie 4 4 0 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 22 2 1 2 1 3
A. McWilliam 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 3 0
Y. Alok 0 5 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 5 16 0 0 2 1 4
O. Aschieris 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Fisher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Noi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Mayen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arnette - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Barlow - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 39 22 29/57 7/15 14/20 15 200 6 3 16 8 31