No. 21 TCU rallies past Fresno State to remain undefeated

The 21st-ranked TCU Horned Frogs on Thursday night rallied from a two-point halftime deficit at home to remain undefeated with a 77-69 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Junior guard Desmond Bane led the Frogs with 23 points and 7 rebounds.

Senior guard Alex Robinson added 14 assists and 13 points to facilitate an offense that finished with 51.7 percent shooting.

Bane’s drive to the basket for a layup and a three-point play helped TCU (3-0) pull away from Fresno (1-1) in the last two minutes.

TCU opened the season with a come-from-behind, 66-61 victory at home over Cal State Bakersfield.

The Frogs outscored the Roadrunners 38-24 in the second half after trailing by nine at intermission.

In Game 2, TCU played at a much higher level, shooting 50 percent from the field and rolling past Oral Roberts, 79-62.

Guard Braxton Huggins scored 18 points to lead Fresno State, a program with 66 wins in the past three seasons.

Bulldogs guard Deshon Taylor, a first-team, all-Mountain West Conference player, was held to 13 points on 4 of 13 shooting.

Dixon’s extension

After reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years last spring, TCU handed coach Jamie Dixon a two-year extension on his contract that runs through 2023-24.

In Dixon’s first year at TCU, the Frogs finished 24-15 and won the NIT. Last season, they posted a 21-12 record and lost in the NCAA round of 64 to Syracuse.

Hutson takes over at Fresno

Justin Hutson is in his first year as head coach at Fresno, replacing Rodney Terry, who left to take the head coaching job at uTEP.

Hutson helped lure Kawhi Leonard to San Diego State. Hutson worked as an assistant with the Aztecs from 2006-11 and from 2013-18.

Leonard played at San Diego State for two seasons from 2009-11 before entering the NBA Draft, where he became a star with the Spurs.

The Spurs traded Leonard to Toronto last summer.

Texas Tech set for tests this week at Arkansas, TCU

Is Texas Tech really this good?

We’ll know more this week when the fourth-ranked Red Raiders play two on the road at No. 8 Arkansas.

The games between former rivals in the Southwest Conference are set for Tuesday and Wednesday in Fayetteville.

After that, Tech travels for a Big 12 series at TCU from Friday through Sunday.

The Red Raiders on Monday moved up one spot in the national rankings, according to Baseball America.

They did it after a 3-1 week overall, and a 2-1 series win over Oklahoma in the Big 12.

Sophomore third baseman Josh Jung from San Antonio (MacArthur HS) enjoyed a magical week for the Red Raiders, hitting .588 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

He produced 10 hits, including seven that went for extra bases.

Last Tuesday, he became the sixth player in school history to hit for the cycle at New Mexico.

Last Friday, he scored the winning run against Oklahoma on a balk.

On third base, Jung faked a steal of home and caused an OU pitcher to make the mistake that moved runners up, giving Tech the victory.

Here’s the rest of this week’s Top 25, according to the magazine’s website:

1. Florida 34-8 SEC
2. North Carolina State 31-8 ACC
3. Stanford 30-5 Pac-12
4. Texas Tech 32-9 Big 12
5. Mississippi 32-9 SEC
6. Oregon State 29-6 Pac-12
7. East Carolina 30-9 American
8. Arkansas 28-13 SEC
9. UCLA 25-10 Pac-12
10. North Carolina 27-13 ACC
11. Vanderbilt 24-16 SEC
12. Duke 31-10 ACC
13. Kentucky 26-14 SEC
14. Clemson 29-11 ACC
15. Southern Miss 28-11 Conference USA
16. Coastal Carolina 28-14 Sun Belt
17. Florida State 29-12 ACC
18. Indiana 29-8 Big Ten
19. Texas 28-15 Big 12
20. South Florida 26-14 American
21. Tennessee Tech 34-5 Ohio Valley
22. Oklahoma 27-15 Big 12
23. Minnesota 25-11 Big Ten
24. Georgia 27-13 SEC
25. Jacksonville, Fla. 28-13 Atlantic Sun

TCU loses slugger Luken Baker for the season

The TCU Horned Frogs’ hopes of making a fifth straight trip to the College World Series took a serious blow Wednesday when it was learned that home-run leader Luken Baker has been lost for the season with a broken leg.

TCU defeated UT-Arlington 11-7 on the road Wednesday night. But the Horned Frogs are destined to miss the talents of Baker, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound slugger out of Spring.

Baker, a junior, suffered the injury Tuesday night in Fort Worth during the Frogs’ 4-2, 11-inning loss to Abilene Christian.

Reports indicated that he got his spikes caught in the dirt while running from first to second base.

Through 31 games, he was hitting .319 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs.

With the win over UT Arlington, TCU improved to 19-14. The Frogs are 6-5 in the Big 12 leading into a weekend series in Waco against Baylor.

TCU edges Nevada, extends winning streak to 15 games

The 20th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs remained undefeated with an 84-80 victory over No. 22 Nevada on Friday night in Los Angeles.

The Frogs (10-0) have won 15 games in a row dating to last season’s run to the NIT championship.

The 15-game streak is the longest in the nation.