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Northwestern 55, TCU 31

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- If you thought the Northwestern Wildcats shooting 38 percent from the field was a sign of an impending loss, you didn't see the TCU Horned Frogs' 26.5 percent shooting.

That combination provided Northwestern with a 55-31 victory on Friday in the South Padre Island Invitational.

Jared Swopshire scored 15 points for Northwestern (5-0), while Drew Crawford and Reggie Hearn scored 12 apiece.

Devonta Abron had 12 points for TCU (4-2).

Northwestern extended a 10-point halftime lead to 32-21, then went on a 16-2 run to take a 23-point lead and put the game away.

That run included three points from Swopshire, two from Crawford, four from Hearn and seven from Dave Sobolewski.

Even though the Wildcats at one point did not score a field goal for six minutes in the second half, TCU had no answer offensively to close the gap.

TCU had one stretch in which it went nine minutes without scoring a point.

The Horned Frogs shot under 25 percent in the second half.

Northwestern took command from the start. It scored five quick points from Crawford and Hearn to take an early five point lead. TCU scored six points after that with four coming from Garlon Green but the Horned Frogs didn't get any stops and the Wildcats matched them to keep the score 11-6.

Four points from Kyan Anderson cut the deficit to one, but once again Northwestern answered back with authority going on a 13-4 run to end the half with a three pointer from Hearn, a jumper from Crawford, and eight points from Swopshire to take a 24-14 lead into halftime.

Swopshire led the Wildcats with 10 points in the first half, while Abron led the Horned Frogs with six points in the half.

Notes: The Wildcats outscored the Horned Frogs 9-2 on points off turnovers in the first half. . . . Team leading scorer Jarvis Ray was held to zero points by the Wildcat defense in the first quarter despite averaging 10.2 points this season. . . TCU out rebounded the Wildcats 22-14 in the first half.
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