Horned Frogs post 77-74 overtime victory over UT Arlington
Dec. 17, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program knocked The University of Texas at Arlington from the ranks of the unbeaten as the Horned Frogs posted a 77-74 overtime victory over the cross-town Mavericks at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday (Dec. 17) evening.
It was the second straight overtime decision that the Frogs recorded over the Mavs as the Purple and White notched a 97-89 double overtime victory at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on November 18, 2006.
With the victory, the Frogs improved to 6-3 on the season, including a 6-1 mark on their home court, while UTA dropped to 8-1 on the 2007-08 campaign.
After the Mavs took an early 2-0 advantage, the Purple and White came out and regained the advantage on the scoreboard following the first media timeout and took a seven-point advantage at 16-9 following a lay-in by TCU senior Alvardo Parker (South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands/Frank Phillips J.C.) at the 11:09 mark.
The Frogs controlled the game throughout the final 15 minutes of the first half and were able to build a 10-point advantage on a pair of occasions during the first frame. The second time that TCU was able to notch a 10-point control came with 45 seconds remaining before intermission when Jason Ebie (Houston, Texas/Alief Elsik H.S.) connected on a lay-in following a pass from Ryan Wall (Coppell, Texas/Coppell H.S.).
UTA connected on the final three points of the first half to cut the Frogs' lead to seven points at 34-27 heading into intermission.
In the second half of action, the Mavs were able to notch a 12-3 run during the first five minutes to tie the game at 39-39 following a three-pointer by guard Brandon Long. The Frogs and Mavs continued to battle away from inside the paint and behind the arc as the visitors' took their first lead since the early moments of the first half at the 8:49 mark following a three-pointer by Anthony Vereen to make the score 49-48.
After a Parker lay-in on the next possession helped the Frogs regain the advantage on the scoreboard, the Purple and White were able to build a six-point advantage at 57-51 with 5:37 remaining in the game following a three-pointer by TCU junior Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast College).
Salter collected his first career double-double as he finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, including 11 defensive boards. He played in a career-high 36 minutes of action while connecting on 5-of-11 shots from the field.
Despite following behind the Frogs by six points in the final five minutes, the Mavs were able to battle back and tie the game with 22 seconds remaining following a three-pointer by Ro'ger Guignard to make the score 64-64.
Ebie missed a jumper in the paint as time expired as the two teams headed into overtime for the second straight season.
During the overtime period, the Frogs struck first as a Brent Hackett (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest H.S.) lay-in gave the Purple and White a 66-64 advantage with 4:11 remaining in the game. The Frogs were able to build their biggest lead of the overtime period at seven points after Ebie connected on a free throw with 1:27 remaining to give TCU a 73-66 advantage.
The Frogs were able to withstand a late rally by the Mavs to earn the hard-fought 77-74 victory on their home court.
Kevin Langford (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.) tied for a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-8 from the charity stripe, as he earned his seventh straight double-digit scoring performance. He also added five rebounds, two blocked shots, two steals and one assist in 34 minutes of action.
Hackett chipped in with 15 points to go along with a pair of assists, and Parker notched 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 30 minutes of action.
Ebie led the Frogs with six assists to go along with five points and two steals in a career-high 29 minutes of action. The TCU sophomore came into the game ranked 23rd in the nation in steals per game with an average of 2.63 steals per evening.
Anthony Vereen collected a game-high 20 points for the Mavs while Jermaine Griffin notched a double-double following a 12-point, 15-rebound performance in 30 minutes of action.
The Frogs will be back in action on Saturday (Dec. 22) as the Purple and White welcomes Prairie View A&M to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for a 1:00 p.m. start.
Quotes from the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Dougherty on setting the tone during overtime
Henry Salter on the Frogs' victory over UT Arlington
Kevin Langford on the physical nature of the playing in the paint against UTA
UT Arlington head men's basketball coach Scott Cross on the UTA fan support
The Go Frog Five (Notes from the DMC)
- Kevin Langford collected all 17 points in the second half of action after changing his basketball shoes during intermission.
- The Frogs had four players collect 10 or more points in the game for the second time this season. The Purple and White achieved that feat for the first time during the 2007-08 campaign against SMU on December 5.
- Jason Ebie dished out six assists in the game - which was the seventh time in nine games that the TCU sophomore collected four of more assists in a game.
- The Frogs came into the contest ranked 10th in the nation in rebounding with an average of 42.8 boards per evening. In the victory over the Mavs, the Purple and White continued their streak with 43 rebounds in the game.
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