TCU guard Desmond Bane soared to new heights, scoring a career-high 24 points on 9-13 shooting, making a career-high six three-pointers, and helping the Horned Frogs crusie to a 100-63 victory over Tennessee Tech to improve to 2-0 Monday at Schollmaier Arena.
“It’s a credit to my teammates because they happened to find me when I was open tonight and I was able to knock them down,” Bane said. “You have to be ready to step up and knock it down, and tonight just happened to be my night.”
Bane matched his previous career-high of 19 before halftime, and his six three-pointers were the most three-pointers in a game by a TCU player since Hank Thorns hit eight threes against UNLV Feb. 14, 2012.
TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said Bane has made significant strides since last season.
“Desmond’s good, and what is good about him is how much he’s improved from last year to this year: I think the USA basketball thing was a big confidence-booster,” Dixon said. “He’s so much better off the dribble, and our guys have so much confidence in him. We thought he was going to be a good player, but I think he’s certainly elevated himself to beyond that.”
However, Dixon said his team can’t rely on this kind of offensive output regularly.
“We have to be a team to where if the shots aren’t going in we’ve got to be good in other areas and win the games with defense,” Dixon said. “Defense and rebounding has to be the constant: we’re not quite there believing in that, but we need to get there.”
TCU continues a stretch where it plays three games in five days when it hosts South Dakota Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.