Horned Frogs return to action on Sunday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Dec. 16, 2005
FT. WORTH, Texas -- Coming off an eight-day break from final exams, the TCU men's basketball team will return to the court to host the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.
The contest will be the first of three matchups to be played in a span of five days for the Horned Frogs and the second of a five-game homestand at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
TCU and UAPB meet on the hardwood for the second year in a row and third all-time with the Frogs owning a 2-0 record in the series.
GAME 9: TCU (2-6) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-3)
TIPOFF: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005 at 7 p.m. (CT)
SITE: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) in Ft. Worth
TELEVISION: Not available
RADIO: KTCU 88.7 FM in FortWorth/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 Radio Broadcast and Gametracker on www.GoFrogs.com
ABOUT THE GAME
TCU returns to the court after an 8-day break for finals. The Horned Frogs will entertain Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the second of a five-game homestand at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, meeting for the third all-time and second year in a row. The Horned Frogs lead the series 2-0.
All three meetings between the two teams have been played in the month of December and in Fort Worth.
UAPB is coached by Van Holt (Arkansas A&M, 1970), who is in his fourth season with the Golden Lions. Currently, he has a 15-74 record at the school and in his career.
Both head coaches, Neil Dougherty and Van Holt, enter their fourth season at the helm of their respective programs.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is the second of three schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) on TCU's slate this year.
UAPB was tabbed to finish eighth in the SWAC's preseason poll this year with junior forward Jarvis Gunter earning preseason All-SWAC honors. The Golden Lions return four starters from last year's squad, which ended the season with a 7-21 overall record.
The Frogs are a perfect 5-0 in the Dougherty era against the SWAC, having defeated Jackson State earlier this season on Nov. 22.
TCU boasts an all-time 14-1 mark against current SWAC members. The lone loss occurred in the Frogs' only meeting with Texas Southern (103-78) on Dec. 28, 1988 in Fort Worth.
All but two contests against SWAC schools have been played in Fort Worth. The two matchups came in a TCU 90-75 win over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 2, 1989, in Bowling Green, and a 115-88 victory against Alabama State in Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, 1995.
Four SWAC opponents have been TCU's 100-point victims over the years, which includes Alabama State (twice), UAPB, Grambling State (three times) and Mississippi Valley State.
The last 100+ game for TCU came in Dougherty's inaugural year (2002-03). In fact, there were two 100+ games that season. Both were back-to-back 100+ point wins at home for the Frogs against Grambling State (103-84) and Centenary (102-89).
LAST TIME OUT: at TCU 71, Texas-Arlington 63
TCU built its largest lead of the season on a 3-pointer by Brent Hackett at 9:04 in the first half, putting the Horned Frogs up 13 points by a 21-8 score.
The Horned Frogs are 2-0 when leading at the half.
For the second straight game, TCU has held its opponent to under 65 points.
TCU shot 40.0 percent from the field and at the foul line for the first time this season. In addition, the Frogs have compiled a 70.0 percent or better clip at the stripe three times this year.
Senior Judson Stubbs posted his second double-double of his career and of the season as he finished with a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. He has scored in double figures six times this year.
Senior Nile Murry extended his double-digit scoring streak for the 10th game in a row and eighth for the current season. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and blocked one shot.
Nile Murry also shot a minimum of 80.0 percent (8-of-10) or above from the charity stripe for the second time this year.
Sophomore Brent Hackett scored in double digits for the fourth time this season with 11 of his career-best 17 points coming from the opening half.
Brent Hackett also went 4-of-4 (1.000) from behind the arc, setting a new career high for 3-pointers made. The 6-foot-3 guard had tied his career high of three from long range twice this season against Jackson State and Drake.
Freshman Allen Taylor set a career high in points with two in the first half.
Neil P. Dougherty, a junior guard, scored for the first time this season since returning from knee surgery, putting the Frogs up 16-5 in the opening stanza.
For the second year in a row, the Frogs are 2-0 against UTA when the Mavericks commit a technical foul. TCU defeated UTA in last year's home season opener by a 90-61 score when UTA's Jarrett Howell received a technical.