TCU rolls past Pepperdine in SoCal Challenge

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.

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