Horned Frogs Tread The Green Wave
Tulane jumped out to a 14-4 lead less than four minutes into the contest, but the TCU defense tightened up over the next 10 minutes, allowing the Horned Frogs to tie up the score at 21-21 with 6:47 left before intermission. Tulane, however, regained the lead 30 seconds later and stayed ahead for the rest of the half. The Green Wave enjoyed a 33-29 halftime edge despite shooting just 36 percent.
TCU went on a scoring spurt to begin the second stanza, scoring 20 points in just under five minutes to take a five-point lead, 49-44. Corey Santee, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored nine of the team's points during the streak.
Neither team owned a lead larger than six points in the second half. After a Ben Benfield three-pointer at the 4:23 mark, Tulane was on top by three, at 62-59. However, that would be the last successful field goal for the Green Wave. TCU outscored Tulane 5-0 over the final 2:11 to earn the victory. Santee's two free throws with 50 seconds left proved to be the game winners.
"I thought we were the more aggressive, more confident team down the stretch," TCU Head Coach Neil Dougherty said. "We really, really needed to win a game like this. I was very proud of the kids. They needed to get rewarded for working hard."
Santee finished with a team-high 16 points, Marcus Shropshire scored 15 points, and Chudi Chinweze added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. TCU posted a 42-29 advantage on the glass in the game and shot 46 percent from the floor.
TCU started out league play 0-6 in 2001-02 and 0-4 last year. The TCU Horned Frogs take to the road for the first time in more than a month, when the team plays at Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The tip off time for the C-USA clash is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT).