LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Robinson scored a career-high 24 points to lead TCU to a 93-80 victory over Washington in the championship game of the Global Sports Classic on Saturday night.
Karviar Shepherd added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting both from the field and free-throw line for TCU (6-0), which never trailed. Vladimir Brodziansky contributed 12 points, Kenrich Williams had 11 and Jaylen Fisher 10 for the Horned Frogs.
Washington’s Markelle Fultz finished with 27 points, but fouled out with seven minutes left. Fultz, who is averaging 23 points per game, went 8 of 13 from the field and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.
Noah Dickerson and David Crisp had 14 points apiece for Washington (4-2).
TCU reserves outscored the Huskies’ bench 48-18.
In the second half, Washington cut the lead to 39-35, and later to 54-52, before the Horned Frogs put it away with a 19-6 run.
The Horned Frog started the game with a 19-4 run spanning the first seven and a half minutes of the game. TCU expanded the lead to 26-10, its largest margin, with 8:06 until halftime. Then, the Huskies defense started forcing turnovers and trimmed the TCU lead to 35-31 before the Horned Frogs scored the last four points of the half. Faultz ended with 16 points before intermission.
TCU from the line went 26 of 33 (79 percent). However, three of those misses were by Robinson, who failed on all his attempts with 13:23 left after being fouled on a 3-point attempt from the left corner. Robinson finished 4 of 6 from the foul line.
Both teams play each other again on Wednesday at TCU. This the second game of a home-and-home series from 2015-16 season. The Huskies won the previous affair in December a year ago, 92-67.