Photos by Dominic Ceraldi
Fueled by a career-high 27 points from sophomore Kouat Noi, the TCU Horned Frogs topped Eastern Michigan 87-69 on Monday night inside Schollmaier Arena.
In its best offensive performance of the season, TCU (4-1) shot 60.7 percent from the field and scored a season-high 87 points.
The Frogs got off to a slow start after falling behind 13-4 early against the Eagles (4-4). They answered by going on a 12-2 run to retake the lead with 8:16 to play and would lead for the remainder of the game.
Jaylen Fisher caught fire midway through the first half as the junior scored a team-leading nine points in the half by going 3-for-5 from behind the arc. TCU took a 35-24 advantage into halftime after shooting 53.8 percent from the field.
TCU came out of the locker room and hit its first five field goals to start the second half.The Frog bench came up big and accounted for 45 of the team’s 87 points (51.7 percent). Noi was a big part of that as he scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half. TCU, who led by as many as 23, cruised the rest of the way.
Five Frogs scored in double figures with Noi pacing TCU by scoring a career-high 27 points in only 27 minutes of action while shooting an impressive 5-for-8 from downtown. Redshirt freshman Kevin Samuel followed with 15 points and seven rebounds. Fisher totaled 12 points and was 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Junior Desmond Bane and senior JD Miller each put up 11 points for the Frogs.
Courtesy; TCU Basketball