Frogs start 3-0 with 75-61 victory over UAPB
Nov. 17, 2007
Fort Worth - The TCU men's basketball program recorded its third 3-0 start in the six years of the Neil Dougherty era as the Horned Frogs handed the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff a 75-61 setback on Saturday (Nov. 17) at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
This is the third time that the Frogs have started the season with a 3-0 record in the last four seasons, and the first time that TCU has scored 70 or more points in each of those games since the 2004-05 season.
The Golden Lions, who were predicted to finish second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, proved to be worthy competitors against the Frogs as UAPB broke a 13-13 tie at the 10:50 mark when Tyree Glass connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key. It was the second time that the Golden Lions controlled the scoreboard, but it would also be the last time.
The Frogs recovered the lead at the 8:49 mark when Brent Hackett (Fort Worth Texas/Southwest H.S.) connected on a pair of free throws to give the Purple and White an 18-16 advantage. After the free throws from Hackett, the Frogs went on a 15-6 run over the next three minutes to take a 33-22 lead with 5:08 remaining in the first half.
For the remainder of the first half, the Frogs were able to maintain their double-digit lead as they headed into the locker room with a 43-32 advantage - highlighted by a four free throws by junior Kevin Langford (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.) in the final 45 seconds of the frame.
The Fort Worth native had a stellar afternoon from the charity stripe as Langford connected on 8-of-8 free throw attempts en route to finishing with 16 points. He also added a team-high eight rebounds to go along with one assist and one steal in 31 minutes of action.
The Frogs began to make their move in the first few minutes of the second half after Hackett connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give the Purple and White a 19-point advantage at 51-32 with 18:15 remaining in the first half.
Hackett finished with a game-high 18 points as he connected on 5-of-11 field goal attempts with all five connections coming from behind the three-point line in 16 minutes of action.
TCU continued to control the scoreboard and held a 26-point advantage at 60-34 following a lay-in by Frog forward Alvardo Parker (South Caicos, Turks and Caicos/Frank Phillips J.C.) with 12:31 remaining in the game. However - the Golden Lions refused to go away lightly as they made a 16-3 run of their own to make the score 63-51 at the 7:56 mark.
With the lead down to 12 points, the Frogs wouldn't let it slip any further as they maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final seven minutes of the game to come away with the 75-61 victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast College) recorded his third consecutive double-digit scoring performance with an 11-point afternoon to go along with four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action. John Ortiz (Cali, Colombia/Colby C.C.) finished with nine points, including a quintet of free throws, to go along with six rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes of action.
Terrance Calvin led the scoring attack for the Golden Lions with 12 points, including 8-of-11 from the free throw line, while Tim Hamilton added seven points and 10 rebounds for the visiting team.
The Frogs will be back in action on Wednesday (Nov. 21) when the Purple and White will welcome Grambling State to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
Quotes from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Coach Dougherty on Brent Hackett's performance:
Coach Dougherty on Arkansas-Pine Bluff's run in the second half:
Brent Hackett on his shooting performance:
Kevin Langford on the team's performance on Saturday afternoon:
The Go Frog Five (Notes from the DMC)
- This is the fifth time in the last 10 seasons that the Purple and White have gotten off to a 3-0 start. The average amount of wins for the Frogs in those seasons that they begin with a 3-0 record is 19.
- The Frogs forced the Golden Lions to commit 23 turnovers - which resulted in 24 points for the Purple and White.
- The Frogs connected on 25 free throws in the game against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which is the first time since the January 21, 2006, that TCU has connected on 25 or more free throws in regulation of a game. This is a span of 43 games.
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