TCU Men Cruise in Exhibition Contest 80-54
Nov. 6, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU basketball fans got their first look at the 2004-05 Horned Frogs on Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum where TCU defeated the Interhoop African All-Stars by an 80-54 count. Twelve Frogs entered the scoring column in a balanced offensive attack.
Junior transfer Nile Murry earned a starting nod for the Horned Frogs and scored TCU's first eight points of the game. In his inaugural time suiting up in purple and white, Murry went 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and netted a team-high 22 points.
TCU enjoyed a 41-23 halftime bulge thanks to 21 points from the Frog bench. After leading just 15-14 at the 11-minute mark, the Horned Frogs outscored the All-Stars 26-9 the remainder of the half.
On the evening, the Horned Frogs limited the Interhoop squad to just 31 percent shooting from the floor (17-for-54). In addition, TCU forced 28 turnovers and had 16 fast break points.
TCU played unselfishly, as 21 of the Frogs' 26 buckets were assisted. Sophomore Neil P. Dougherty led the way, dishing out a game-high nine assists. Sophomore Femi Ibikunle dragged down a team-best eight rebounds and added eight points.
Thirteen Horned Frogs saw action in the game, including all four newcomers: Murry, junior Judson Stubbs, and freshmen Neiman Owens and Brent Reese-Hackett. Only senior Corey Santee and junior Chudi Chinweze did not play due to injury.
TCU's second and final exhibition game will be next Saturday night, Nov. 13 at 7:05 p.m. against Midwestern State. The game is free to the public. The Horned Frogs officially open their 94th season of basketball on Friday, Nov. 19 against Texas-Arlington. Tip off is set for 7:05 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.