Dec. 4, 2010
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FORT WORTH — TCU dropped a 64-60 decision to Northern Iowa Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs fell to 6-3 for the season, losing for the first time at the DMC, while the Panthers advanced to 4-2 overall.
The Frogs had three players finish the game with double-figures in scoring, paced by sophomore forward Garlon Green with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Missouri City, Texas, native didn’t miss a shot all day, going 5-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc and a pair from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Sammy Yeager followed with 13 points, going 6-of-11 from the field and bringing in six rebounds. With a perfect 6-of-6 day from the free throw line, senior forward Nikola Gacesa chipped in 12 points, while shooting 3-of-8 down low.
The Panthers’ offense had only two players score in double figures, as guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 25 and Johhny Moran tacked on 10 points. For the game, UNI shot 22-of-47 (46.8 percent), tallying only four offensive rebounds.
The Frogs had to fight back from deficits in both halves, cutting down a seven-point UNI lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Yeager drove the lane for two-straight buckets and TCU made it a one possession game with a stunning alley-oop dunk by junior J.R. Cadot. Gacesa capped an 8-3 run by the Frogs and knotted the game, 56-56, by nailing a pair of free throws with 3:23 left.
The Panthers would pull together after a timeout to go on a 5-0 run of their own to take a 61-56 advantage. With 22.9 left on the clock, Gacesa dropped in a shot to get back within three points, but UNI proved too strong in the end.
The Purple and White crashed the boards on the Panthers’ end of the court in the opening period, pulling down 12 defensive rebounds to UNI’s lone offensive board. Green led all TCU scorers at intermission, shooting 3-of-3 for nine points.
TCU stumbled out of the gate early, starting the game shooting 1-of-7 from the field and falling into a 9-2 hole. The Frogs would work their way back into the game with a couple of Green free throws followed by back-to-back buckets from Cerina. TCU took its first lead on a 3-pointer from Moss to pull ahead 19-17.
TCU will hit the road for a two-game road swing through the Big 12, taking on Texas Tech and Nebraska, Dec. 8 and 11, respectively.