Men's Basketball Blows By Grambling State 99-71
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs (4-6) opened the scoring with a jumper eight seconds into the game and never looked back in handling the Grambling State Tigers (2-8) by a final of 99-71 on Monday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The 99 points scored were the most by the Horned Frogs this season.
Junior guard Marcus Shropshire and sophomore forward Chudi Chinweze earned their first starts of the season for TCU, and the duo accounted for the Horned Frogs' first seven points of the game and combined for 22 first-half points. TCU made eight of its first nine shots to bolt out to a 19-5 lead in the first six-plus minutes of the contest.
The Frogs continued their blistering shooting pace, making 18 of 24 shots in the stanza, good for 75 percent. In addition, TCU owned a 22-14 advantage on the boards en route to a 52-29 halftime lead.
In the second half, a 12-0 run by the Tigers in just 1:23 cut a 59-36 contest into an 11-point game, 59-48, with 17:03 remaining, but two consecutive Shropshire three-pointers helped TCU pad its cushion once again. The native of Grand Prairie, Texas, hit his first five three-point attempts and eight of his first nine shots from the field.
Shropshire, who totaled 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting, became the first TCU player this season to reach the 20-point mark and snapped a 10-game streak that dated back to last season. It was the Horned Frogs' longest drought without a 20-point scorer since a 13-game stretch in the 1987-88 campaign. In addition, Shropshire's 26 points were the most by a TCU player since Chinweze poured in 28 on Feb. 18, 2003, against UAB.
Shropshire was joined in double figures by three other Frogs, as Chinweze posted 17 points, freshman forward Blake Adams landed a career-high 16 and junior guard Corey Santee added 11. Santee was one assist shy of his fourth career double-double.
TCU's 52 first-half points were the most scored by the Horned Frogs in any half this season. TCU shot 61.8 percent from the field, the best under second-year Head Coach Neil Dougherty.
Grambling State was the first team with a losing record that the Horned Frogs, whose strength of schedule is rated 36th, have played all season. TCU hosts 22nd-ranked Vanderbilt (9-0) on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.