Frogs wrap up first MWC road swing at Air Force on Saturday
Jan. 13, 2006
FT. WORTH, Texas -- The TCU men's basketball team will wrap up its first Mountain West Conference road trip at Air Force on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m Central. The two teams will meet on the court for the first time since 1999.
TCU seeks its first conference win, while the Falcons had their 12-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday at Wyoming.
GAME 17: TCU (4-12, 0-2) at Air Force (14-2, 2-1)
TIPOFF: Saturday, Jan.14, 2006 at 3 p.m. (CT)
SITE: Clune Arena (5,939) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
RADIO: ESPN 103.3 FM in Ft. Worth/Dallas
Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (color analyst) will call the game.
ONLINE: Live Radio Broadcast and Gametracker on www.GoFrogs.com
The series between TCU and Air Force is tied at 1-1 as each team won on its home court the last time around. The Horned Frogs cruised over the Falcons 114-87 in Fort Worth on Jan. 21, 1999, while Air Force got revenge a month later on Feb. 20, 1999, with an 81-78 victory in Colorado Springs.
TCU's Chudi Chinweze and Antoine Hood of Air Force will renew an old rivalry. The two former Texas high school foes from Houston last met on the hardwood when Chinweze played at Hightower High School in Houston and Hood attended Clements High School in Sugar Land.
Although Air Force had its 12-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night on the road by Wyoming, the Falcons are undefeated at home. TCU will play Air Force, which owns a perfect 9-0 mark, in Clune Arena this year.
The Falcons are no strange bird for one assistant on TCU coach Neil Dougherty's coaching staff. First-year assistant coach Jeff Luster, who was promoted last April after serving as the Frogs' director of basketball operations the last three years, spent one season (1999-2000) at Air Force as a third assistant under former Falcon head coach Reggie Minton.
At the helm of the Air Force program is first-year head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who spent the last three seasons as the Denver Nuggets' head coach. Bzdelik is one of eight active Division I head coaches who are former NBA head coaches.
LAST TIME OUT: at New Mexico 56, TCU 54
TCU held New Mexico to under 60 points, making it the sixth time the Frogs have held an opponent under that mark this year.
Senior Nile Murry paced all players with a game-high 18 points. It is the 10th time this season the guard has led the Frogs in scoring.
Guard Neiman Owens added eight points to tie a career high that he first set in the season opener against Tarleton State. Owens also dished out three assists and grabbed a pair of rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
Judson Stubbs reached double figures in rebounds for the fourth time this season as he pulled down 10. In addition, Stubbs came within two points of recording his fourth double-double this year.