TCU overpowers Richmond to advance to NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden
On the one year anniversary of TCU head coach Jamie Dixon’s arrival in Fort Worth, TCU out-muscled the Richmond Spiders in Fort Worth, out-rebounding their opponent 39-22 en route to a dominant 86-68 victory Tuesday night. The win sends the Horned Frogs to the the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time in school history.
“This program has come so far from when I was here my freshman year with a winless conference season, 0-18, and now I’m headed to New York for the semifinals of the NIT,” TCU guard Brandon Parrish said. “It hurt not to go to the NCAA tournament, but when you play for a team that hasn’t seen the postseason in years how can that not motivate you to do your best to bring an enthusiasm to the basketball program that hasn’t been seen in so long.”
Dixon has surpassed the expectations set out for him in his first year at his alma mater.
“This is maybe a little ahead of schedule in terms of the atmosphere here,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Chris [Del Conte] told me to slow down, but I’m not good with slowing down and patience.”
The game started out as a close affair, but that all changed after the 13:02 mark in the first half when TCU led Richmond by just a point, 10-9. After that, the Horned Frogs went on an 11-0 run that pushed TCU’s lead to 12, 21-9, powered by TCU forward Vladimir Brodzianksy, who scored six of the points on the run through a variety of a jump-hook, lay-up, and pull-up jumper.
TCU forward Kenrich Williams missed a first-half double-double by a point, as he went into the locker room with nine points and ten rebounds. However, he finished the game with TCU’s first ever triple-double, totaling 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.
“I didn’t even know I was close to a triple-double right until the end when my teammates told me, so I looked for that last pass,” TCU guard Kenrich Williams said. “My teammates did a great job of making plays tonight.”
Williams sat out the entirety of the 2015-2016 campaign after needing knee surgery.
“It’s a blessing to do this, having sat on the sidelines all of last year,” Williams said.
Dixon was unsure how Williams would look post-surgery.
“We didn’t know what we had in Kenrich at the beginning of the year, and now we know know he has it,” Dixon said. “His versatility is unbelievable.” Read More