Giant-killing Liberty battles TCU in Hall of Fame final

Liberty led for just over 31 minutes against South Carolina and allowed a season-low 62 points, forcing the Gamecocks into 39 percent shooting from the floor.

“We have a belief that we are a good program and can compete on any given night,” McKay added.

TCU had more of a tussle on Saturday, needing 16 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds from center Kevin Samuel and a final flurry to hold off Tulsa.

The Horned Frogs used a 17-2 run in the first half to erase a 10-point deficit. TCU led by six points at halftime and never trailed over the final 20 minutes, though the Golden Hurricane did pull even with 4:46 to go.

Freshman Mike Miles added 12 points for the Horned Frogs while Francisco Farabello scored 10 points.

Miles, who led the Horned Frogs with 13 points in their season-opening win over Houston Baptist, has already staked his claim as one of TCU’s best shooters. He spent 60 days in quarantine over four different stretches in the offseason because of COVID-19.

“(Miles) has made good decisions as a freshman, came in with good feel for the game, played at a high level,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “We expect big things out of him. He’s another guy who came in and transformed his body. He’s right at 195 (pounds), where we want him to be.”

–Field Level Media

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