The Lipscomb University Bisons upset the #18 TCU Horned Frogs at Schollmaier Arena on Tuesday night. TCU lost 73-64. Turnovers and missed free throws killed the Frogs.
The Bisons are no slouch in basketball, they won the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament last year and made their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. They feature several returning starters.
The Frogs may have lost to the Bisons on the scoreboard, but in reality, they beat themselves. Coaches always say it’s not the better team that wins the ballgame; it’s the team that plays better. That is a perfect explanation of what happened on Tuesday night. The Frogs are the better team. They just didn’t play like it.
The Frogs were ahead at halftime 30-29. However, after half-time, they came out flat. The Bisons came out hot and went on a 10-2 run. At one point, they were up by 12. The Frogs made a late push and closed the gap to just one point with a few minutes left. The energy in Schollmaier Arena was electric. The Frogs couldn’t finish strong though, and they ended up losing by nine points.
The Frogs demise: turnovers and missed free throws. TCU turned the ball over 16 times. The Frogs were 14 out of 25 from the free throw line. It’s hard to win with 16 turnovers and a 56% free throw percentage. That’s the bad news.
The good news for the Frogs is that it is all fixable. They can clean up their play and protect the ball better. They are doing a great job at getting to the free throw line. They just need to capitalize on those opportunities. The talent for a great season is there.
Some more good news: Jaylen Fisher and Kouat Noi returned to the lineup. They were both a little rusty. Fisher played only 7 minutes and was mostly a non-factor with zero points and assists. However, considering what Fisher has been through physically, that is to be expected. It’s exciting to just see him back on the court competing. Noi played 23 minutes. He went 1 for 7 from three-point land and finished with 4 points. It may take a few games to get them back in the groove.
Alex Robinson continued to be the rock and was the Frogs leading scorer with 17 points.
The Frogs next game is Monday, November 26, at home against Eastern Michigan. They will be giving away Protect Fort Dixon coffee mugs.
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