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Miles’ late 3 gets No. 14 TCU past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-72

Nov 7, 2022, 5:33 AM | Updated: 9:29 pm

TCU guard Mike Miles Jr. (1) dribbles the ball down the floor past Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard Trejon...

TCU guard Mike Miles Jr. (1) dribbles the ball down the floor past Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard Trejon Ware (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

(AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Mike Miles hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to finally put No. 14 TCU ahead to stay in a 73-72 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which built an early 20-point lead in the season opener for both teams Monday night.

Miles, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, hit from deep beyond the top of the key for a 71-68 lead. Chuck O’Bannon made two free throws with 19 seconds left, but his miss with 5 seconds remaining gave the Golden Lions one more shot. Trejon Ware got in position for a baseline jumper that ricocheted off the side of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Emanuel Miller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and Miles finished with 15 points for the Horned Frogs. They returned all five starters and five other scholarship players after winning their first NCAA Tournament game since 1987, when their coach Jamie Dixon was a senior guard at TCU.

Shaun Doss had 25 points with four of Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s 13 3-pointers. Chris Greene finished with four 3s and 13 points, all in the first 10 minutes of the game, before fouling out with 12 1/2 minutes left.

The Golden Lions from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, with a completely revamped roster after going 7-24 last season, made 11 3s before halftime. They included four in a row midway through the first half for a 29-9 lead. Greene had the first three of those 3s, and AC Curry drilled a fast-break 3 with 10:10 left after a turnover by Miller.

That was part of a bigger 20-2 run, with Doss scoring the first eight points. Doss hit two 3-pointers before his nifty reverse layup after Ware’s steal and pass.

Miller scored the first nine points of the second half for the Frogs in their 19-4 run to go ahead. They hadn’t led since 3-0 in the first two minutes of the game, before Doss and Green hit Pine Bluff’s first two 3s.

TCU tied the game at 50 with 13:47 left when Micah Peavy made two free throws after he had a steal and was fouled hard on an attempted dunk. Eddie Lampkin made the go-ahead layup on a nice pass from Shahada Wells, who had a steal and rebounded a missed 3-pointer.

O’Bannon finished with 11 points, and Peavy had 10.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Junior guard Braham Harris and sophomore guard Kylen Milton are the only players back from last season for the Golden Lions in coach Soloman Bozeman’s debut. Eight transfers and five freshmen make up the rest of the roster. Doss returned to Pine Bluff as a graduate transfer, having spent last season at SIU-Edwardsville after three seasons when he averaged 14 points in 60 games for the Lions.

TCU: The Frogs struggled throughout, making only 38.9% of their shots (21 of 54), including only 19% (4 of 21) on 3s. They made 27 free throws as Pine Bluff had 23 personal fouls.

UP NEXT

Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays its home opener Wednesday. The Lions host Arkansas-based Champion Christian College, the only time they play at home in their first seven games.

TCU plays the second of four consecutive home games to start the season on Friday night when hosting Lamar, which was 2-27 last season.

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