In the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena’, TCU took down the University of Central Florida to earn a ticket to the NIT championship game for the first time in program history.

The Frogs blazed past the Knights in the second half of the Tuesday’s semifinal at Madison Square Garden in New York City , 68-53.

The game started off as a back-and-forth affair, as the Knights’ three-point shooting kept TCU at bay in the first half, as UCF led by ten (29-19) with 5:12 left in the first half.

UCF senior guard Matt Williams, one of the top 3-point shooters in the country, came into the contest shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc. He stayed true to form, dropping three three-pointers in the first half.

Despite the Knights’s advantage from distance, the Frogs held their ground down low. TCU out-rebounded and out-scored UCF by 20-18 and 16-10 respectively.

At 7-foot-6 inches, UCF starting center American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Tacko Fall is one of the tallest humans on the planet, and he made his presence known in the first half, blocking three shots.

“It was a challenge to play against the tallest basketball player in the NCAA right now, you cannot really get ready for that,” TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky said. ” We just got used to him being there all the time and trying to block the shots, so we went harder to finish the shots.”

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