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FORT WORTH, Texas -- First-year TCU coach Jamie Dixon did a double-take when he saw the possibility that the Horned Frogs would have back-to-back games against Washington. Phil Jackson Jersey .When it actually happened, he stressed to his team the need to come out hungrier after beating the Huskies four days earlier in Las Vegas. Then TCU fell behind by 17 points in the first 10 minutes.Obviously that worked really well, Dixon said, able to enjoy a little sarcasm after his alma mater stayed unbeaten by rallying for an 86-71 win Wednesday night. Im working on that speech again.Alex Robinson scored 16 points, including nine on an 18-0 run that wiped out that early deficit, and freshman guard Jaylen Fisher had 14 of his 15 after halftime in the rare back-to-back meeting of non-conference foes.Robinson had a career-high 24 points in the first meeting of the Big 12 and Pac-12 opponents in the Global Sports Classic on Saturday. The Horned Frogs (7-0) won that one 93-80, but had just three points nearly nine minutes into the rematch after missing 15 of their first 17 shots.The sophomore guard from Fort Worth capped the 18-0 run with a 3-pointer for a 23-22 lead.We werent even looking at the score to be honest, said Robinson, who had seven assists and three steals. We were just focused play by play. We knew if we got stops then eventually we would come back.Freshman Markelle Fultz led the Huskies (4-3) with 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists -- but had six of the Huskies season-high 25 turnovers. Carlos Johnson added 13 points and eight boards.Its our first away game, said Fultz, who said he took an elbow that bloodied his mouth early in the game. When they started to come back, I think the adversity got to us and we were just rushing things.The Frogs went ahead for good on a 3-pointer late in the first half by JD Miller, who had 12 points. Kenrich Williams had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while matching Robinson with three steals, a game high.After trailing by 17, TCU took its first 17-point lead with four minutes remaining when Miller blocked a layup attempt by Dominic Green and Robinson converted a three-point play at the other end for a 75-58 advantage.HERE COME THE ZAGSFultz, a likely one-and-done player who drew representatives from 16 NBA teams in his visit to Texas, will get his second true road game closer to his college home. The Huskies play at No. 8 Gonzaga on Dec. 7. Ive heard about the crowd and stuff, Fultz said. Weve just got to get mentally focused for that game.DOUBLING UPIts the fourth time since 1979-80 that Washington has played a non-conference opponent twice in the same season, but the second time in as many years. Washington beat Texas in last seasons opener in China before the Longhorns won in the Bahamas. ... The last time Washington played the same non-conference opponent in back-to-back games was at Hawaii in 1975-76, winning both. ... TCU finished the 2009-10 season with consecutive losses to Mountain West Conference foe BYU. The Frogs beat Tulsa twice in non-conference in 2013-14 before going 0-18 in Big 12 play.BIG PICTUREWashington: The Huskies were dominant early behind Fultz but faded fast. They havent shown much depth behind the McDonalds All-American and will need to find some to be competitive in the Pac-12.TCU: The Frogs had some strong preseasons under former coach Trent Johnson as well, so it remains to be seen what this means with the difficult Big 12 season looming. But the Frogs have two straight wins over Power 5 conference foe (Washington) led by a top NBA prospect.UP NEXTWashington: The Huskies get a week off before the visit to the Zags in the biggest test left before the start of Pac-12 play against Washington State on New Years Day.TCU: This was the start of eight straight games in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, seven at home. Arkansas State visits Saturday. The lone road game is at SMU. The last two in this home stretch are the first two in Big 12 play: No. 4 Kansas on Dec. 30 and unranked Oklahoma, a No. 2 seed in last seasons NCAA Tournament, on Jan. 3.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Phil Jackson Knicks Jersey . JOHNS, N. Bernard King Jersey . The showiest items on Calgarys lot were forwards Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak. Both will be unrestricted free agents this summer. http://www.knickssale.com/kids-walt-frazier-knicks-jersey/ . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. CLEVELAND -- When Cleveland manager Terry Francona suddenly wanted to put up a pinch-hitter in the middle of an at-bat, he knew where to get a guy.Tyler Naquin was sitting over there by the bat rack for a couple of days, ready to hit, Francona said. And thats not the easiest thing to do. But we didnt have to go find him. He was ready, and it showed.The strategy paid off Thursday night when Naquin lofted a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning that lifted the Indians over the Chicago White Sox 5-4.I wanted anybody to walk it off for us, so for me to be the guy to do it, its awesome, a smiling Naquin said. The bottom line is being ready, no matter what. So when I got the call, I said, `Its go time. Lets go.The AL Central-leading Indians scored a single run in each of the last five innings to overtake Chicago. Cleveland improved to 6-2 on an 11-game homestand.Abraham Almonte doubled to begin ninth off Jacob Turner (1-2). With Roberto Perez batting, a passed ball by Dioner Navarro moved Almonte to third.Francona said he planned on having Roberto Perez -- hitting .108 -- bunt Almonte to third. Once Almonte got there, though, Francona said he wanted someone who could drive the ball to the outfield.So Francona sent Naquin to the plate with a 1-0 count. The rookie hit the first pitch he saw to center field, deep enough that Adam Eaton couldnt prevent Almonte from scoring.Andrew Miller (7-1) earned the win with one inning of scoreless relief.The White Sox finished up a 4-5 road trip.Weve lost some late, manager Robin Ventura said. Were playing some tough teams and I think weve been in a lot of these games.The Indians activated right-hander Danny Salazar from the 15-day disabled list before the game, but he lasted just one inning in the shortest start of his career.Salazar, who had been sidelined because of inflammation in his pitching elbow, walked three to load the bases with one out. Justin Morneau hit a threee-run double, and Salazar got the next two batters and was pulled. Allan Houston Jersey. fter being removed, he went to the bullpen and threw additional pitches.The main thing tonight was to feel good, and I did, Salazar said. I feel great.Clevelands bullpen allowed one run over the final eight frames, with Mike Clevinger pitching four innings and Dan Otero hurling two.Thats not the way you really draw it up, but I thought Clev was outstanding, Francona said.Rajai Davis hit an RBI double in the seventh off Chris Beck to pull Cleveland with 4-3. The Indians tied it in the eighth on an RBI single by Jose Ramirez against Nate Jones.White Sox starter Carlos Rodon gave up two runs in six innings.TEMPO TALKFrancona is in favor of Commissioner Rob Manfreds plan to speed up games. He supports the idea of a 20-second pitch clock, and would like to see a time limit established for teams to challenge calls. If were putting that split-second decision on the umpires, we shouldnt have all day to decide, Francona said.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie (left hamstring strain) experienced soreness in his left quadriceps, forcing him to leave Double-A Birminghams game against Jackson after the second inning Wednesday. He is 5 for 14 on his rehab assignment with the Barons.Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin (family medical emergency list) told Francona that he expects to return to Cleveland and make his scheduled start Saturday. I told Josh that he has our blessing to take as much time as he needs, Francona said.UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP James Shields makes his 14th start since being acquired from San Diego on June 4 as Chicago opens a three-game series against Oakland.Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer takes the mound to begin a three-game set with Toronto. He is 0-1 with a 17.47 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays. ' ' '