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Noi, Fisher back for TCU in 87-69 win over Eastern Michigan

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) With Kouat Noi and Jaylen Fisher back on the court and making shots for TCU, the Horned Frogs looked more like the team they expected to be this season - even after falling out of the Top 25.

Noi scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and made five 3-pointers while Fisher scored 12 points on four 3s as the Frogs beat Eastern Michigan 87-69 on Monday night. The win came after they dropped out of the new poll earlier in the day.

''They were picked as a top 20 team in the country, they hadn't played like it,'' EMU coach Rob Murphy said. ''Those two guys being out is the reason why, and we knew if they played and had their feet up under them they would be able to do some damage.''

Neither Noi or Fisher started, but TCU (4-1) went on a game-turning 31-10 run not long after they entered together about 5 1/2 minutes into the game.

Both had missed the first three games because of right knee issues before making their debuts last week when the Frogs, then ranked 18th, lost 73-64 at home to Lipscomb. Fisher started but played only seven minutes that night because he didn't feel right, and Noi was 1-of-7 shooting (all 3s).

''It felt like I was supposed to be doing this, all the work I've put in, I feel like I was supposed to be here,'' said Fisher, who made three long 3s in a 2 1/2-minute span to help get the Frogs rolling against EMU after their slow start.

Fisher, the junior point guard, was limited to 17 games last season before a torn meniscus in his right knee last January. He needed arthroscopic surgery on that same knee in September.

Eastern Michigan (4-4) led 11-2 after Paul Jackson rebounded a Fisher miss, leading to Damari Parris' alley-oop pass to Boubacar Toure for a dunk.

Kevin Samuel's dunk on the opening possession was TCU's only points in the first nearly eight minutes of the game. The Frogs then missed seven shots in a row until another dunk by Samuel started the big run that turned a nine-point deficit into a 12-point lead before halftime.

Noi scored 22 of his points in TCU's 52-point second half against the Eagles zone defense.

''Honestly I'm always comfortable shooting the ball no matter what, but it was a good game today,'' Noi said.

Toure had 20 points and 12 rebounds for EMU, while Jackson had 18 points and six assists.

Samuel had 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Desmond Bane and JD Miller each had 11 for TCU.

BIG PICTURE

EMU: The Eagles have lost three in a row, a streak that began when they scored only four points in the first half at Rutgers last week. Once their early nine-point lead was gone, the Eagles never led again.

TCU: Fisher and Noi being back is a boost for a team that has already had seven players make their TCU debuts this season.

HE SAID IT

''We're a team in the making. It's been pretty obvious to me for a while. Guys have to get their legs underneath them in situations and play with each other,'' TCU coach Jamie Dixon said.

STAT SHEET

The Frogs had assists on 31 of their 34 baskets. They made 11-of-26 3-pointers while shooting 61 percent overall (34 of 56).

UP NEXT

Eastern Michigan plays Saturday at Northeastern in Boston, then has three in a row at home before going to No. 2 Kansas after Christmas. The Eagles lost at then-No. 1 Duke two weeks ago.

TCU wraps up its season-opening six-game homestand Friday night against Central Michigan. The Horned Frogs only go about 40 miles for their first road game on Dec. 5 at SMU.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Paul Jackson made 3rd of 3 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Paul Jackson made 2nd of 3 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Paul Jackson made 1st of 3 free throws 23.0
  Shooting foul on Alex Robinson 23.0
+ 1 Desmond Bane made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Desmond Bane made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Personal foul on Paul Jackson 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Desmond Bane 30.0
  Damari Parris missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
  Offensive rebound by Eastern Michigan 42.0
  Paul Jackson missed jump shot 44.0
Team Stats
Points 69 87
Field Goals 26-58 (44.8%) 34-56 (60.7%)
3-Pointers 6-18 (33.3%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 11-16 (68.8%) 8-13 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 32 28
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 19 20
Team 2 3
Assists 16 31
Steals 5 8
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 11 14
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo E. Michigan 4-4 244569
home team logo TCU 4-1 355287
Team Stats
away team logo E. Michigan 4-4 70.5 PPG 40.7 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo TCU 4-1 78.9 PPG 38.9 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
12
B. Toure C 9.5 PPG 8.3 RPG 0.3 APG 68.0 FG%
12
K. Noi F 14.2 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.2 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Toure C 20 PTS 12 REB 1 AST
K. Noi F 27 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
44.8 FG% 60.7
33.3 3PT FG% 42.3
68.8 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Jackson 18 2 6 5/14 2/4 6/7 1 38 0 0 5 0 2
T. Groce 12 5 0 4/6 2/4 2/3 1 32 2 1 1 1 4
J. Thompson IV 5 4 1 2/6 0/0 1/2 0 25 0 2 0 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Jackson 18 2 6 5/14 2/4 6/7 1 38 0 0 5 0 2
T. Groce 12 5 0 4/6 2/4 2/3 1 32 2 1 1 1 4
J. Thompson IV 5 4 1 2/6 0/0 1/2 0 25 0 2 0 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Toure 20 12 1 9/15 0/0 2/4 4 31 1 1 5 5 7
D. Parris 7 3 7 3/8 1/4 0/0 1 31 1 0 1 1 2
K. McAdoo 5 1 1 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 1 0
A. Rafus Jr. 2 2 0 1/4 0/3 0/0 3 23 0 0 0 0 2
B. Jones 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. King 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Stephens 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 1 0
E. Minnie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ellison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Peterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Silver - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ballard Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 30 16 26/58 6/18 11/16 11 200 5 4 12 11 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Samuel 15 7 2 7/9 0/0 1/2 1 31 1 2 2 2 5
J. Miller 11 4 3 3/3 0/0 5/9 3 17 0 0 0 1 3
D. Bane 11 5 3 4/11 1/7 2/2 1 36 3 1 1 1 4
A. Robinson 5 3 13 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 36 2 0 2 0 3
R. Nembhard 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 2 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Samuel 15 7 2 7/9 0/0 1/2 1 31 1 2 2 2 5
J. Miller 11 4 3 3/3 0/0 5/9 3 17 0 0 0 1 3
D. Bane 11 5 3 4/11 1/7 2/2 1 36 3 1 1 1 4
A. Robinson 5 3 13 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 36 2 0 2 0 3
R. Nembhard 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 2 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Noi 27 2 4 11/15 5/8 0/0 2 27 1 0 1 0 2
J. Fisher 12 2 5 4/8 4/8 0/0 1 31 1 0 0 0 2
K. Davis 4 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 2 0 0
Y. Alok 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
L. Mayen 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
O. Aschieris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McWilliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arnette - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Archie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Barlow - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 25 31 34/56 11/26 8/13 14 200 8 5 9 5 20