#8 TCU 62, #9 New Mexico 54
2007 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Postgame Quotes
March 7, 2007
TCU Postgame Notes
Mountain West Conference Tournament
TCU 62 New Mexico 54
Tue., March 6, 2007
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
With the win, TCU is now 19-30 all-time in conference tournaments ... TCU is 1-1 all-time in the Mountain West Conference Tournament after joining the league prior to the 2005-06 season.
The victory was TCU's first win in a conference tournament since a 60-57 win in overtime over Marquette in the first round of the 2005 Conference USA Tournament.
After trailing by as many as 14 with 6:20 to play in the half, TCU tied the game at 43 with a Brent Hackett free throw with 8:26 to play ... A layup by Femi Ibikunle with 7:37 to play gave TCU a 45-43 lead - its first lead since holding an 11-10 advantage with 13:34 to play in the first half.
TCU shot 58.8 percent on 10-of-17 shooting in the second half after shooting 35.7 percent in the first half ... In comparison, New Mexico shot just 24.0 percent in the second half (6-of-25) after shooting 54.2 percent (13-of-24) in the first half.
With 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting, Brent Hackett set a new career high and reached double figures for the ninth time in the last 11 games ... Hackett's previous career high was 22 points against Utah on Feb. 3, 2007.
Hackett also posted two and three rebounds assists ... He has had at least two assists in nine of his last 10 games.
Kevin Langford set a new career high with 13 rebounds ... His previous high was 10 against UT-San Antonio on Dec. 27, 2006.
The win was TCU's first win when trailing at the half since beating New Mexico, 64-52, at home on Jan. 3 ... TCU finished the season 2-1 against the Lobos.
By holding New Mexico to 54 points, TCU has now held three straight opponents below 60 points ... It is the 10th time this season TCU has held its opponent to less than 60 points.
TCU finished 6-of-18 from beyond the arc and has now hit a three-pointer in 293 straight games.
TCU won a conference tournament game for the first time in three years, as its last win was over Marquette in the 2005 Conference USA Tournament. It is TCU's first-ever Mountain West Conference Tournament victory, and the Horned Frogs advance to play in the MWC quarterfinals for the first time as well.
New Mexico is now 5-7 all-time in MWC Tournament games, and has never won an MWC Tournament game as a No. 5 or lower seed.
New Mexico opened up a 13-point lead in the first half, 24-11, thanks to an 18-0 run over a 6:43 span.
TCU held New Mexico without a basket for an 8:38 span over the end of the first half and beginning of the second. During that stretch TCU went on an 11-1 run to close within two, 35-33, with 14:35 left in the second half.
With New Mexico holding a 43-39 lead, TCU took control of the game with a 13-3 run over the next 4:08, to lead 52-46 with 4:47 to play. New Mexico came no closer then three points the rest of the game.
TCU won for the first time this year while trailing at halftime, as New Mexico held a 34-26 halftime lead.
New Mexico's J.R. Giddens finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the year, and fourth in his career.
TCU's Brent Hackett made five three-pointers in the game, which tied him for fourth-most ever in an MWC Tournament game, along with five other players. He also set a new career-high with 24 points.
TCU's Kevin Langford finished with a career-high 13 rebounds.
TCU advances to the quarterfinals against top seed BYU at 12 p.m., PT, Thursday.