Men's Basketball Surges Past UTA, 115-84
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Dec. 19) - Thomas McTyer scored a career-high 17 points, all in the second half, and eight Horned Frogs scored in double figures as TCU surged past a stubborn UT-Arlington squad by a 115-84 count at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Dec. 19.
Ryan Carroll was the top scorer for TCU (8-2) with 19 points. Myron Anthony and Bingo Merriex matched McTyers 17 for the game. Greedy Daniels added 13, while Larry Allaway hit for a season-high 11 in the contest. Marlon Dumont and Derrick Davenport each finished with 10. Three Frogs turned in double-doubles in the contest, as Anthony grabbed 15 rebounds while Dumont and Merriex added 10 caroms each to go with their double digits in points.
UTA (2-6) got out of the gates quickly against the sluggish Frogs, holding an advantage through the games first six minutes before TCU look its first lead at 12-11 on a Daniels free throw. The Frogs held a just a 38-36 lead with 4:05 left in the first half before going on a 10-1 run to open up an 11-point cushion. The pesky Mavericks, behind the 14 first-half points from Jabari Johnson, closed the gap to 50-42 by intermission.
The second half was all TCU as they hit 52.8 percent of their shots in the period, including 10-of-18 from beyond the three-point line, en route to a 65-point stanza, with McTyer leading the way.
"Thomas was sitting on not one of his better games," said TCU head coach Billy Tubbs. "But he was the spark that got things stretched out in the second half. We got out of kilter in the first half and did things we normally dont do, like turn the ball over. UTA did a nice job. They worked hard and came right at us. I thought the last 10 minutes of the game we played our best basketball."
"I try to show a lot of emotion," said McTyer. "Its hard to show emotion when youre not making good decisions. I was rushing and forcing my game too much in the first half. I tried to let the game come to me more in the second half."
Johnson led UTA with 30 points on 10-of-24 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from behind the three point line. Donny Beacham and Roy Johnson added 10 each.
The Frogs outrebounded the smaller Mavericks, 58-46 and blocked 12 shots in the contest. TCU hit 29-of-36 from the free throw line, while UTA connected on 14-of-22 free throw attempts.
TCU will be in action again on Saturday, December 23, when they
travel to Indianapolis to take on Butler. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. CT.