Men's hoops close out regular season at UNLV Saturday
March 3, 2006
FT. WORTH, Texas -- Fresh after a 69-65 victory over Utah on Senior Night two days ago, the Horned Frogs hit the road to close out their 2005-06 regular season at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. The game will be televised on ESPN+Plus/UPN 21 on Saturday with tip-off set for 2 p.m. Central.
The Frogs look to avenge a 70-60 loss to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels on Feb. 1, in Fort Worth. TCU's return trip to the City of Lights is the second of the 2005-06 campaign, having played in the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational Nov. 25-26, 2005.
GAME 30: TCU (6-23, 2-13) at UNLV (15-12, 9-6)
TIPOFF: Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. (CT)
SITE: Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) in Las Vegas
TELEVISION: ESPN+Plus/UPN 21
Rich Waltz and Irv Brown will serve as the play-by-play and color analyst, respectively, for the game.
RADIO: ESPN 103.3 FM in Fort Worth/Dallas
Brian Estridge (PBP) and John Denton (Color) will call the game on the TCU/ESPN Regional Sports Network.
ONLINE: Live Radio Broadcast and Gametracker on www.GoFrogs.com
ABOUT THE GAME
Saturday's contest marks the final game of the regular season for both TCU and UNLV. The Runnin' Rebels have lost their last two games, both on the road, while the Horned Frogs seek their first MWC road win.
The Frogs and Runnin' Rebels will meet for the second time this season and seventh all-time. UNLV has won five of the six contests played against TCU.
It will be the Frogs' fourth trip to Las Vegas in their all-times series with UNLV. TCU is 1-2 on the Runnin' Rebels' home court. The Frogs' lone win in the City of Lights came seven years ago in a 76-72 decision over UNLV on Feb. 22, 1999.
TCU head coach Neil Dougherty needs two victories to hit the half-century mark. The Frogs enter Saturday's regular-season finale after a 69-65 win against Utah on Senior Night on March 1.
All six games in the series between TCU and UNLV have been decided by an average of 7.2 points, with the Runnin' Rebels averaging 7.8 points in their five victories against the Horned Frogs.
In his second year at the helm of the UNLV program, Lon Kruger is the second head coach in the MWC with NBA experience (New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks). Air Force head coach Jeff Bzdelik is the other MWC head coach with NBA experience.
In addition, UNLV's Kruger is the lone top coach in the league to have taken three different programs (Kansas State, Florida and Illinois) to the NCAA Tournament.
UP NEXT FOR THE HORNED FROGS
TCU will kick off the 2006 Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, March 7, squaring off with Colorado State in the first round. The two teams split their regular season contests, but will meet for the first time in the postseason.
Seeded ninth in the league's postseason tourney, the Frogs will hit the court against the No. 8-seeded CSU Rams. The winner will then face the top seed in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9.
LAST TIME OUT: at TCU 69, Utah 65
TCU sent off its seniors on a winning note as the Frogs downed Utah, 69-65, on Senior Night. In addition, the Frogs have continued their Senior Night winning streak for the seventh straight campaign and have won on Senior Night in 11 of the last 12 seasons.
For the fourth game in a row and 24th time this season, TCU has had at least two players score in double digits. Chudi Chinweze paced the Frogs with 16 points, while Judson Stubbs followed with 15. Nile Murry added 15 points and Brent Hackett tallied 10.
TCU shot at least 40 percent from the field for the fourth straight game. The Horned Frogs went 24-of-54 for a 44.4 clip. TCU has hit the 40 percent mark or higher in 11 games this year.
The 15 points from Judson Stubbs pushed his double-figure scoring streak to a season-best six. It also marks the 16th time he has netted double-digit points.
Chudi Chinweze scored in double figures for the second game in a row and sixth time this season. He also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds to lead the team in boards for the 17th time this year.
Neil P. Dougherty made his second career start, collecting two assists and two steals on the night.
Senior David Markley earned his first career start, picking up three points in four minutes of action in the opening half. He nailed his first career 3-pointer in his final home game as a Horned Frog.
ROUND ONE: AGAINST THE RUNNIN' REBELS
FORT WORTH, Texas - Curtis Terry hit five 3-pointers for 15 points while Louis Amundson added 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots as UNLV pulled away late for a 73-60 victory over TCU Wednesday night at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
Nile Murry, who topped TCU with 18 points, scored the Frogs' first nine points of the second half.
After a Murry layup pulled the Frogs within 37-35 with 16:22 to play, the Rebels countered with a 9-2 spurt to lead 46-37.
TCU cut the deficit to 48-46 after a Chudi Chinweze offensive rebound and layup with 10:04 to play. Chinweze scored nine points with six boards.
UNLV led 50-47 before back-to-back 3-pointers by Terry keyed nine consecutive points as the Runnin' Rebels grabbed a 59-47 advantage with 5:47 remaining.
UNLV took its largest lead of the night at 63-48 on an Amundson layup with 3:47 left.
A 3-pointer from Judson Stubbs trimmed the Frogs' deficit to 68-60 with 1:02 to play. Stubbs had eight points and a team-best eight rebounds.
TCU held a pair of five-point leads in the first half, the last being 13-8 with 11:51 left before the intermission.
The Runnin' Rebels, who shot 44.6 percent from the field, held a 36-35 rebounding edge.