FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Devonta Abron led Arkansas in rebounding last season as a true freshman, but he never scored more than eight points in a game.
But the sophomore transfer now at TCU came through Tuesday night, scoring 13 points and adding 12 rebounds for his first career double-double in his first career start for the Horned Frogs in a 47-45 win over Navy.
"It felt good," Abron said. "I guess I tried too hard (before), and I've been relaxing these last couple of games and it's all coming back."
Abron, who was granted an NCAA waiver to be eligible to play this season at TCU, didn't attempt a field goal in the first half, but made five of his six shots in the second half. He was instrumental in the Frogs turning around a game with nine ties and nine lead changes. Adrick McKinney, usually a starter, was limited to three minutes in a reserve role after he spent Monday getting intravenous fluids due to a stomach bug.
"(Abron's) put in back-to-back games in terms of not just points but energy and confidence," TCU coach Trent Johnson said, referring back to Abron's 10 points and eight rebounds in a win over Prairie View A&M on Sunday.
"For whatever reason, he was struggling and he was fighting himself early on and this is what he expected of himself and this is what we expected of him," Johnson said. "I thought he gave us great energy in the second half at crucial times, and he gave us a post presence."
It was 40-40 with 7:21 left. TCU (4-1) rattled off the next six points, with Abron scoring in the paint, Jarvis Ray making a fastbreak layup and Garlon Green slamming down a putback dunk.