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GoFrogs: Three-point Attack Leads Frogs Past Wildcats

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    GoFrogs: Three-point Attack Leads Frogs Past Wildcats
    FORT WORTH Desmond Bane knocked down five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 17 points as the TCU men's basketball team defeated Kansas State, 68-57, Saturday afternoon inside Schollmaier Arena.

    The senior guard nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Bane commanded the TCU offense (14-11, 5-7) which combined for 15 3-pointers, tying its most-ever in Big 12 Conference play. As a team, the Frogs were a combined 15-of-33 from deep (45.5 percent). Bane was 5-of-10 from three.

    Despite leading for the majority of the first half, the Wildcats (9-16, 2-10) closed the half on a 13-2 run to lead 27-26 at the half. TCU quickly regained the lead out of the locker room, thanks in part to the 3-point shooting of Bane and RJ Nembhard. The veteran guards were a combined 8-of-15 from beyond-the-arc.

    The hot shooting sparked a 10-0 run for the Frogs. Jaire Grayer joined in on the 3-point party, knocking down two in the first half and two in the second. He tied his season-high with 15 points and added six rebounds in 33 minutes of action.

    TCU began to find some separation as it built up a 61-52 lead, with just 3:25 left to play. Defense and ball handling helped close out the game as the Frogs did not commit a turnover in the final 10:20 of the game and only surrendered five points in the final four minutes.

    Nembhard also finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting including 3-of-5 from deep.

    Up Next
    TCU will play at Texas (14-10, 4-7) Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Longhorn Network.

    Team Notes
    - TCU moved to 8-15 all-time against Kansas State.
    - The Horned Frogs swept the season series with the Wildcats for the first time. They won on the road back in January (59-57).
    - It marked the Frogs' first win over Kansas State in Fort Worth since a 66-59 win on Feb. 27, 2018.
    - TCU has won 15 of its last 22 Big 12 homes games.
    - As a team, TCU knocked down 15 3-pointers in the game, its most in a regulation Big 12 game. It also had 15 at Texas on Jan. 10, 2018 in a 99-98 loss in double-overtime.
    - The Horned Frogs dished out 19 assists, their most since recording 20 against Iowa State on Jan. 4.
    - TCU outrebounded KSU, 34-30 and moved to 12-3 this season and 71-21 under Dixon when outrebounding its opponent.
    - The Frogs started with the lineup of Desmond Bane, PJ Fuller, Jaire Grayer, Kevin Samuel and RJ Nembhard for the first time this season. It was TCU's fifth different starting lineup in its last five games.
    - TCU was 7-of-9 from the free throw line, improving to 6-2 this season when shooting 70 percent or better from the charity strip.
    - TCU committed 14 turnovers in the game, but none in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

    Individual Notes
    - PJ Fuller made his second career start for the Horned Frogs. The freshman finished with five points in 21 minutes of action.
    - Bane nearly recorded a triple-double as he finished with 17 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. He has scored in double-figures in 21 of his 25 games this season.
    - Seven of Bane's career-high eight assists came in the second half, which would have been a career-best itself.
    - Bane also blocked a career-high four shots.
    - Jaire Grayer tied his season-high with 15 points. His four made 3-pointers also tied a season-high.
    - Kevin Samuel blocked two shots, marking his 31st game with multiple blocks.
    - RJ Nembhard finished the game with 15 points, his 16th game this season scoring double-digits.

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