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No. 23 TCU Holds Off Yale

Paul Atkinson (photo courtesy of TCU Athletics)
Paul Atkinson (photo courtesy of TCU Athletics)

Oni Scores 18 To Pace Bulldogs

FORT WORTH, Texas – There aren't many teams with more offensive firepower than TCU. It was certainly all on display Saturday vs. Yale. The Horned Frogs, ranked 23rd in the nation, shot nearly 60 percent from the field en route to a 92-66 victory over the Bulldogs before a crowd of 5,970 at Schollmaier Arena.

Yale held TCU's leading scorer Vladimir Brodziansky to five points, more than 10 below his average. There were plenty of Horned Frogs, though, ready to pick up the slack. Desmond Bane led the way with 18 points, while Jaylen Fisher added 17. In all, six TCU players scored in double figures.

Miye Oni paced the Bulldogs with 18 points, his seventh straight game with at least 14 points. Alex Copeland added 16 points, and first-year Paul Atkinson scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and had nine rebounds.

TCU, which won the postseason NIT last March, has won 13 straight games dating back to last year, the longest winning streak in the nation.

The Bulldogs entered the night winners of four of their last five games and were 5-2 after opening the season with losses to Creighton and Wisconsin. Just prior to the trip to Creighton and Wisconsin, Yale learned it would be without starters Jordan Bruner and Makai Mason. The team has progressed very nicely since and was confident heading into the matchup with the Horned Frogs.

"I felt we were more ready for this game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We did not play our best [tonight]. This is not a true measuring stick of where we are."

Yale (5-5) got off to a good start against TCU. Copeland scored the first six points for the Bulldogs, who had a 10-6 lead five minutes in. A pair of three-pointers from first year Azar Swain had Yale still in front, 20-19, with 9:33 left, but that's when the Horned Frogs started to get really hot. JD Miller's three-pointer capped a 13-2 run to give them a 32-22 lead.

Yale made a push to get back within four, 32-28, but TCU closed the first half with a 13-3 run and had a 45-31 lead at the break.

The Horned Frogs then put on an offensive clinic in the second half, going 18-of-28 (64.3) from the field.

Oni did his best to keep the Bulldogs in the game, scoring 13 of his points over the final 20 minutes.

NOTES: This was the first meeting between Yale and TCU… The Bulldogs continued to share the ball well. Yale had assists on 16 of its 26 field goals… TCU also moved the ball, tallying 22 assists… The game was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. CST but was pushed back two hours to allow TCU fans to follow the football team which was playing in the Big 12 Championship Game in nearby Arlington, Texas. The locals, though, arrived at the basketball game disappointed as the Horned Frogs fell to Oklahoma 41-17… The Bulldogs will fly home on Sunday morning and begin their preparations for Wednesday's game at Lehigh.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity