NCAAB Game Recap - Illinois State at Texas Christian
Tue Dec 3, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Mich
43
Lou
58
F
Duke
87
MSU
75
F
Brad
56
Mem
71
F
FlaSt
64
Ind
80
F
MD-ES
46
Baylor
78
F
HBU
68
Dayt
99
F
Butl
67
Miss
58
F
NDSt
60
IndSt
71
F
E KY
67
USC-Up
79
F
StPet
69
StJon
79
F
BethC
67
Stetsn
72
F
Dart
80
GASt
83
F(OT)
Copp
85
ECU
75
F
NW
82
BC
64
F
StAnd
58
App
90
F
Coker
59
GWebb
73
F
Rich
80
Hamp
63
F
W Ky
74
WriSt
76
F
OlDom
46
W&M
63
F
Chat
77
WCU
87
F
Oakl
72
W MI
62
F
Iowa
68
Syr
54
F
Lafy
94
StJos
71
F
Buck
69
Rider
89
F
UNCA
83
Charl
75
F
NoKY
76
MiaO
54
F
Detr
57
Kent
92
F
JacSt
60
GMas
67
F
Quin
77
FaDi
78
F
Valpa
79
E MI
85
F
Vermt
73
Cin
82
F
LoyIL
70
Ball
58
F
UMBC
61
Amer
85
F
(N/A)
64
Samf
97
F
(N/A)
38
MidTN
86
F
(N/A)
61
McNee
107
F
Lipsco
75
Belm
80
F
NebOm
73
ArkSt
78
F
Buff
76
Vand
90
F
SamH
86
TexPA
90
F(2OT)
UAB
57
Tex
67
F
TXAMC
67
TexSA
89
F
Murr
69
MOSt
71
F
SeLA
81
ULLa
98
F
NWSt
51
SMU
77
F
ChaSo
68
Mizzu
60
F
WIMil
53
Drake
56
F
APSU
61
Ark
69
F
Oral
60
Crei
72
F
Rut
60
Pitt
71
F
IlSt
69
TCU
81
F
UTEP
56
NMSt
59
F
MtStM
67
GrCan
75
F(OT)
JackSt
58
Denv
67
F
NOrl
54
LSU
90
F
UCSB
64
CSBak
60
F
InWor
60
Seatt
81
F
(N/A)
36
Sac
72
F
AzSt
71
USF
67
F

Dec 3, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Illinois State (3-5)

32

37

69

Texas Christian (6-1)

39

42

81

Bane leads across board as TCU eases past Illinois St 81-69
Wed Dec 4, 2019 12:17 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Desmond Bane had more shots than any of his teammates while also leading TCU in points, rebounds and assists against Illinois State.

Coach Jamie Dixon wants to see the ball in his hands even more.

Bane had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Jaire Grayer hit four 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 15 points for the graduate transfer and the Horned Frogs beat the Redbirds 81-69 on Tuesday night.

Grayer made consecutive 3s to give TCU a 13-point lead early in the second half before Antonio Reeves got hot from long range for Illinois State (3-5). Reeves hit three straight 3s before another bucket from beyond the arc by DJ Horne pulled the Redbirds even at 59-all.

Bane attempted just two of his game-high 14 shots during that 20-7 run by Illinois State. The senior who entered the game fourth in the Big 12 in scoring was 9 of 14 from the floor while the Horned Frogs shot 47%.

"We've also got to recognize who's getting the shots," Dixon said. Desmond has to get more shots than some of these others that we're getting. We've just got to get better offensively. I thought we'd be better right now offensively than we are, and we're not."

Another 3-pointer from Grayer, who was awarded a redshirt year after being limited to seven games by a foot injury in his fourth season at George Mason, put the Horned Frogs (6-1) back in front for good and started a 9-1 run.

Grayer was 4 of 6 from long range, falling one made 3 shy of his career high.

"Coming out in rhythm and catching my shots I feel I have the confidence to knock down," Grayer said. "My teammates were moving the ball and sharing it as well. We were cutting and moving. When the time came I just made the open shots."

Zach Copeland was 5 of 8 from long range and scored 19 points for the Redbirds, who have lost all three meetings against TCU. Reeves scored 15.

"We're just not good enough to win this game, a game like this," Illinois State coach Dan Muller said. "That's disappointing. But I do know we had guys not play well."

Kevin Samuel had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and three blocks for TCU.

TCU erased a 7-0 deficit in less than 50 seconds. Bane hit a 3-pointer after the Horned Frogs missed their first seven shots, and his steal led to a 3 from Diante Smith. After another steal by Samuel, Bane ran down a pass for a layup and converted the 3-point play for a 9-7 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois State: After making all 15 free throws in a win over Illinois-Springfield in their previous game, the Redbirds got to the line just twice in the first half, making one. They were more aggressive after halftime but struggled to make the freebies, finishing 8 of 13.

TCU: Getting outrebounded badly and needing a last-second shot to beat UC-Irvine at home must have been an attention-getter for the Horned Frogs. They've dominated the boards in three games since. TCU had a 39-30 edge in rebounding and an 18-6 margin in second-chance points against the Redbirds.

COACHING ALMA MATERS

Both coaches are among 38 in the country coaching their alma maters. Dixon is in his fourth season with the Horned Frogs after spending his first 13 years as a head coach at Pittsburgh. All eight of Muller's seasons have been at Illinois State. Both played in the NCAA Tournament for their respective schools.

FROG FREEBIES

TCU entered the game last in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 61% and had another shaky game at 62% (13 of 21). Samuel was 1 of 3, dropping him to 6 of 21 for the season, or 29%. "We're doing everything we can, putting in the time," Dixon said. "He's working very hard. It's hard to recover from that number."

UP NEXT

Illinois State: Morehead State at home Saturday.

TCU: Southern California in first game at new Dickie's Arena near TCU campus Friday.

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Leaders

Illinois State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Boyd 0 0 2 0 0 0
A. Ndiaye 0 0 2 0 0 1
Texas Christian PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Dennis Jr. 0 0 3 3 0 0
D. Bane 23 0 5 9 2 1

Team Comparison

IlSt TCU
Points For 69 81
Field Goals 25/54-46% 30/64-47%
Three Pointers 11/22-50% 8/28-29%
Free Throws 8/13-62% 13/21-62%
Offensive Rebounds 6 13
Defensive Rebounds 24 26
Rebounds 33 41
Blocks 1 4
Steals 3 9
Turnovers 17 12
Personal Fouls 20 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - TCU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 3 IlSt 69 @ TCU 81 R. Idowu 2 F. Farabello 3

Game Information

Stadium: Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
Attendance: 5,991
Game Time: