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    GoFrogs: Samuel Leads Frogs Over Falcons, 65-54
    FORT WORTH – Sophomore center Kevin Samuel had a career night, scoring 19 points and adding 11 rebounds for his third-straight double-double as the TCU men's basketball team defeated Air Force, 65-54, Monday at Schollmaier Arena.

    Samuel was 9-of-12 from the field and scored on five straight dunk attempts, including back-to-back alley-oops with passes from RJ Nembhard. He helped the TCU starters tally 61 total points, 93.8 percent of the team's scoring effort.

    The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 11-5 lead following a 9-0 run. As a team, they moved the ball around well in the first half with 10 assists on 15 made field goals. Francisco Farabello and Desmond Bane each had three assists.

    Samuel's 13 first-half points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, helped the Frogs take a 39-28 at halftime.

    The Falcons battled back in the second half, trimming TCU's lead to one point. However, the Frogs' defense locked in and held Air Force scoreless for just over five minutes down the stretch, while the offense went on a 13-3 run to close out the game.

    Nembhard notched his second straight game scoring in double figures with 15 points. The sophomore guard also grabbed six rebounds and tied his career-high with five assists. Farabello also recorded a career-best 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond-the-arc to go along with his five assists.

    Up Next
    TCU wraps up its four-game homestand on Thursday with a matchup against UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on FSSW+.

    Team Notes
    - TCU and Air Force met for the first time since TCU left the Mountain West Conference.
    - The Horned Frogs improved to 9-8 all time against Air Force.
    - TCU is now 11-8 all-time when facing United States Military Academies.
    - The Horned Frogs improved to 3-0 for the fourth consecutive season.
    - TCU improved to 2-0 against Mountain West opponents since leaving the conference, the Frogs are now 65-84 all-time against such opponents.
    - TCU improved to 2-0 this season, 62-17 under Dixon and 70-18 since the 2015-16 season when outrebounding its opponent. The Frogs outrebounded the Falcons 38-28.
    - The Frogs improved to 21-1 under Dixon when playing in November.
    - The Frogs recorded 10 steals for the third consecutive game, marking the 22nd time in the Dixon era TCU reached double digits in steals. The Frogs are 19-3 in such games.
    - TCU turned the ball over 10 times in the contest, the last time they had 10 turnovers or less dates back to Feb. 2, 2019 when it had 10 turnovers against Oklahoma State.

    Individual Notes
    - Jamie Dixon earned career-win No. 399.
    - Dixon faced Air Force for the first time in his career. The game also marked the first time he has faced a military academy.
    - Kevin Samuel scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He has recorded a double-double in every game so far this season. It's the most since Kurt Thomas had seven straight to begin the 1994-95 season.
    - Samuel's 19 points were a new career high, topping his previous high of 17 against Southwestern on Nov. 7.. He also led the team in scoring for the second time in his career.
    - Samuel made nine field goals, which is the most in his career. He improved to 22-of-30 (73.3%) from the field on the year.
    - Jaedon Ledee made his debut as a Horned Frog after being granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. He recorded four rebounds in eight minutes off the bench.
    - Francisco Farabello recorded double-digit points for the first time in his career, tallying 11, and was 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Farabello had five assists, the third-straight game with at least five.
    - RJ Nembhard recorded multiple steals in a game for the second consecutive contest. His three steals were a career high.
    - Nembhard also matched a career best in assists with five.

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