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Mike Miles Jr. leads TCU past Lamar

Nov 7, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions guard Shaun Doss Jr. (21) and TCU Horned Frogs guard Mike Miles Jr. (1) in action during the game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Miles Jr. scored 26 points and No. 14 TCU didn’t trail during the final 32 minutes in a 77-66 victory against visiting Lamar on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Emanuel Miller chipped in with 12 points and Shahada Wells had 10 for the Big 12’s Horned Frogs (2-0). Miller also contributed seven rebounds and six assists.

Jakevion Buckley scored 22 points, Chris Pryor added 11 and Terry Anderson had 10 for the Southland Conference’s Cardinals (1-1).

Both teams struggled shooting, with Lamar going 25 of 64 (39.1 percent) from the field and TCU 30 of 69 (43.5 percent). They especially were cold from 3-point range with Lamar going 4 of 17 and TCU slightly better at 8 of 32.

TCU outscored Lamar 28-12 on the fastbreak and outrebounded the Cardinals 44-36.

Clinging to a 48-47 edge with 13 minutes remaining, TCU outscored Lamar 17-8 to build a 10-point cushion with 6:07 to go. Chuck O’Bannon Jr. scored seven of his nine points during the run.

The Horned Frogs never led by less than nine points the rest of the way.

Trailing 43-30, Lamar went on a 7-0 run to pull within six with 16:24 to go. Buckley’s 3-pointer started the spurt, which also included layups by Anderson and Adam Hamilton, who finished with eight points.

Miles scored 18 points to help TCU take a 36-27 halftime lead. The nine-point cushion was the Horned Frogs’ largest advantage during a half in which they never trailed.

Both teams struggled from 3-point territory, where Lamar was 1 of 6 and TCU 3 of 15.

TCU used a 7-0 run to open a 24-17 lead 7:36 before halftime.

–Field Level Media