TCU Wins Fourth Straight, 64-52, Over Texas State
Jan. 3, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas - Nile Murry scored the first 11 points for the TCU Horned Frogs (10-4), who jumped out to a 20-7 advantage seven-plus minutes into the game and never looked back in defeating the Texas State Bobcats (6-5) by a 64-52 final. It is the first four-game winning streak of the Neil Dougherty era, and all of the wins have come by double figures.
TCU forced 16 first-half turnovers while limiting the Bobcats to 30 percent shooting. TCU's 15-point lead at intermission was the team's biggest advantage of the stanza. It was the third time in the past six games that the Horned Frogs held their opponent under the 20-point mark in the first half.
In the second half, Texas State used a 16-5 run to close to within three, 46-43, midway through the period, but the Horned Frogs answered with an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach. TCU has now held four of its last six opponents to 55 or fewer points. TCU's 64-point output was the fewest by a Frog team in a victory since a 64-62 win over Marquette last March in the Conference USA Tournament.
Texas State outrebounded TCU by a 39-31 margin on the evening, but committed eight more turnovers (23-15). The Horned Frogs, who came into the contest averaging 27.0 free throw attempts per game, shot only 16 and made just four. However, TCU made a season-high 12 three-pointers on 30 attempts (40 percent).
Murry led the Frogs with 16 points, while Marcus Shropshire totaled 13. Corey Santee scored nine points to move past Ryan Carroll and Kurt Thomas into fifth place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,517 points. Femi Ibikunle had eight rebounds and Shropshire dished out seven assists.
TCU is next in action at 17th-ranked Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 8. The game is set for a 2:00 (CT) tipoff and can be seen on ESPN+, including on UPN-21 locally in Fort Worth-Dallas.