FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Robinson scored 23 points, Desmond Bane added 22 and No. 20 TCU never trailed after struggling in the opener, rolling to a 79-62 victory over Oral Roberts on Sunday.
The Horned Frogs (2-0) were sluggish opening the season as a ranked team for the first time in 20 years, trailing by as many as 11 points before rallying to beat Cal State Bakersfield.
TCU took the opposite approach against the Golden Eagles (1-2), running out to a 23-6 lead in the first seven minutes before Oral Roberts got within seven points in the second half.
But the Horned Frogs reasserted control with a 7-0 run for a 50-36 lead, had another 7-0 spurt to push the margin to 22 and led by as many as 25 points in the second half.
Freshman Kevin Samuel of Barbuda had his first double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and senior JD Miller recorded 13 points and seven assists as the Horned Frogs had assists on 22 of 29 baskets.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 16 points and eight rebounds and Sam Kearns scored 15 for Oral Roberts in a matchup of teams with 17 newcomers between them — nine for TCU and eight for ORU.
Robinson was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and Bane, the Big 12's best 3-point shooter last season, made two of four to help the Horned Frogs finish at 47 percent behind the arc (7 of 15). The Golden Eagles weren't anywhere close to that accuracy, making just five of 21 (24 percent).
Oral Roberts: The Golden Eagles gave themselves something to build on by erasing a good portion of a 17-point first-half deficit before halftime. Although they faded after close in the second half, the bucket that got them within seven was a boost — an emphatic dunk from Kerwin Smith.
TCU: In the opening minutes, the Horned Frogs looked determined to show something after falling behind early against Cal State Bakersfield. While the lull that followed probably didn't please coach Jamie Dixon much, the surge after the Golden Eagles got close in the second half was impressive in its variety.
Oral Roberts: California Baptist at home Tuesday.
TCU: Fresno State at home Thursday.
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