Nov. 26, 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- TCU men's basketball will wrap up the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational tonight when it hits the court against Drake University at 5 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Central). The battle is expected to be intense as both teams gave valiant efforts against their respective opponents Friday night, but came up short. TCU fell to Oklahoma State, 66-58, while No. 10 Boston College squeaked past Drake with a 87-84 win.
TCU and Drake meet on the hardwood for the fifth time with the series tied at 2-2. TCU has won the last two meetings.
GAME 4: TCU (1-2) vs. Drake (2-1)
SITE: Valley High School (2,000) in Las Vegas, Nev.
RADIO: KTCU 88.7 FM in Fort Worth/Dallas and KMKI 620 AM in Dallas/Fort Worth
Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (color analyst) will call the game.
ONLINE: Live audio on www.GoFrogs.com
ABOUT THE GAME WITH DRAKE:
TCU head coach Neil Dougherty and Drake head coach Tom Davis have something in common. The two served as assistant coaches at Drake during the 1988-89 campaign before Dougherty left for Vanderbilt.
The last time the Horned Frogs and the Bulldogs battled on the court was 14 years ago when TCU defeated Drake 79-59 on Feb. 2, 1991, in Des Moines.
Bulldogs' head coach Tom Davis ranks ninth among the winningest active NCAA Division I basketball coaches with 568 victories.
Dougherty enters his fourth year as the Horned Frogs' head coach while Davis is in his third year at the helm of the Bulldog program.
The Bulldogs are led in double-figure scoring by Ajay Calvin (12.7 ppg), Chaun Brooks (11.0 ppg) and Jonathan Cox (10.3).
Schools from the Missouri Valley Conference hold an all-time 18-8 advantage over TCU. The most recent MVC team that TCU played was Creighton, which took an 89-79 win over the Frogs in Omaha on Jan. 26, 2003.
TCU-OKLAHOMA STATE GAME RECAP:
Seniors Nile Murry and Judson Stubbs both have scored in double figures in each of the last three games. Murry has led the Frogs in scoring twice this season while also extending his double-digit scoring streak to five games, which dates back to last year.
Judson Stubbs flirted with a double-double for the second time this season and in his career as he finished with 11 points and led the game with nine rebounds.
Sophomore Brent Hackett turned in double-digit performances for the second straight game. He turned in 10 points against Oklahoma State and a career-high 16 versus Jackson State on Nov. 22.
Blake Adams set a career high as he finished second on the team with five rebounds.
Neiman Owens also had a career night as he scored six points and saw 24 minutes of action.
The season is still young but the Horned Frogs have improved over the last three games behind the arc. TCU shot 35 percent (7-of-20) against OSU, a 3.4 increase from the regular-season home opener versus Tarleton State.
For the third straight time, TCU has forced its opponents to 20-plus turnovers per game.
The 23 turnovers by TCU is a team high so far this season. The last time the Horned Frogs had 23 or more miscues was Jan. 8, 2005, at Louisville. The Cardinals defeated TCU 86-61.
Despite the defeat, TCU shut down five of OSU's six double-digit scoring players in Mario Boggan, Kenny Cooper, JamesOn Curry, Byron Eaton, Roderick Flemings and David Monds.