Mike Miles Jr. scored 16 points and Emanuel Miller added 15 and took 10 rebounds as TCU ran away with a 73-64 win over Pepperdine on Wednesday in the SoCal Challenge in San Juan Capistrano, California.
The Horned Frogs (4-1) swept to the front late in the first half, built as much as a 12-point lead eight minutes into the second half and held Pepperdine at bay down the stretch despite 11 points from Jan Zidek after halftime. TCU bounced back from a 19-point loss to Santa Clara on Monday.
Charles O’Bannon Jr. hit for 12 points for the Horned Frogs, who shot 50 percent from the floor but were just 3 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Zidek led all scorers with 17 points while Houston Mallette added 15. Mike Mitchell Jr. and Jade Smith hit for 10 each for the Waves (2-5). Pepperdine went the final 3:58 without a field goal and was outrebounded 38-22 in the loss.
The first half went back and forth and featured eight lead changes. Pepperdine was up 17-11 after a 3-pointer by Braun Hartfield with 10:40 to play in the half, but the Horned Frogs rallied to tie the game at 20 on a dunk by Xavier Cork three minutes later. TCU scored eight of the final 10 points of the half and took a 32-27 advantage into the break.
Miles led the Horned Frogs with 8 points by halftime as TCU outshot the Waves 48.3 percent to 38.5 percent, outrebounded Pepperdine 21-11 and had a 20-4 edge in points in the paint.
Mallette paced Pepperdine with 7 points over the first 20 minutes as the Waves kept things close via 4-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc and by forcing 10 TCU turnovers.
TCU pushed the margin to as many as 12 points after a three-point play by Miles at the 12:10 mark of the second half. Pepperdine closed the gap to 56-53 on Zidek’s basket and free throw with 8:30 to play before the Horned Frogs answered with a driving layup by Damion Baugh and two buckets by Miller.