Wall's big shot leads TCU to 74-72 victory over New Mexico
Jan. 15, 2008
Fort Worth, Texas - Senior Ryan Wall (Coppell, Texas/Coppell H.S.) connected on a game-winning three-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the TCU men's basketball program a 74-72 victory over New Mexico at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Tuesday (Jan. 15).
With the Lobos up by a point at 72-71, sophomore Jason Ebie (Houston, Texas/Alief Elsik H.S.) stepped in front of a Darren Prentice pass to record the steal before a timeout was called. On the final play of the game, it was Ebie who found an open Wall at the corner of the three-point arc for the game-winning shot.
After a sluggish first half of action for the Purple and White, the Horned Frogs found themselves down by a 41-28 count at intermission, but the game truly began for the home squad in the second half where they out-scored the Lobos by a 46-31 margin.
In the second half of action, the Frogs recorded their fourth-highest shooting percentage in a half as the Purple and White missed on six shots in the frame en route to posted a shooting percentage of 76.0 percent (19-of-25) - including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line.
The University of New Mexico held their biggest lead of the game at the 17:14 mark where the Lobos controlled the game with by a 48-30 margin following a three-pointer by J.R. Giddens. However - the Purple and White continued to chip away at the lead until they were able to get within a two possession-game at 59-54 with 9:00 remaining in the game following a lay-in by senior Neiman Owens.
The Frogs continued to play close to the Lobos, but were never able to overtake the lead on the scoreboard until Wall's shot. The University of New Mexico took the lead at the 11:25 mark in the first half and held it until the final second of the game.
Kevin Langford (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.) and Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast College) each finished with a team-high 16 points as the duo combined for 10-of-18 shooting in the game. Langford also finished with an 8-of-11 performance from the free throw line to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes of court time.
Brent Hackett (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest H.S.) finished with 13 points to go along with four steals in 33 minutes of action while John Ortiz (Cali, Colombia/Colby C.C.) connected on 5-of-6 shot for a 13-point evening for the Frogs.
Ebie - who started his second straight game at the point guard position - dished out six assists to go along with three points and two steals in 21 minutes of action. Mike Scott (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Learning Center) added six points and five assists in 18 minutes of action for the Frogs.
Prentice led the Lobos with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the three-point line with five of them coming in the final five minutes of the first half. Giddens added 12 points, six rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action.
The Frogs improved their record to 10-6 - including a 2-1 mark in Mountain West Conference action - while the Lobos fell to 14-4 and 1-2 in conference play.
The Purple and White will be back in action on Saturday (Jan. 19) in Fort Collins, Co., where the Frogs will square-off against Colorado State with a 2:30 tip-off.
Quotes from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Dougherty on what win means for the Frogs
Dougherty on halftime adjustments
Dougherty on game winning shot
Ryan Wall on feelings about the shot
The Go Frog Five (Notes from the DMC)
- The Frogs led just 6 minutes, 39 ½ seconds of tonight's game and only a second-and-a-half of the game's final 31 minutes, 22 seconds.
- Eight Frogs took at least one shot in the second half. The worst second half shooting was Brent Hackett's 5-of-8.
- TCU is now 9-0 when scoring 26 or more points in the paint - 28 tonight against the Lobos.
- This was the first TCU game decided by two points or fewer since the Frogs lost by two to SMU on December 21, 2006.
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