Jan. 5, 2011
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FORT WORTH—TCU suffered only its second home loss of the season to No. 6 San Diego State Wednesday evening at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 66-53. The Frogs trailed by only three points at intermission before the Aztecs took control early in the second half.
TCU fell to 9-7 overall and 0-1 in Mountain West Conference play. SDSU improved to 16-0 on the year and 1-0 in the MWC.
Sophomore forward Garlon Green led TCU in scoring for the third time this season with 13 points and matched a career high with eight rebounds. He made 3-of-5 attempts from 3-point range, improving to 16-of-28 from long range over the last eight games.
Sophomore forward Nikola Cerina posted his best offensive performance of the season with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while junior guard Ronnie Moss returned to the TCU lineup with 11 points and four assists. Moss’ fourth point of the night put him over 1,000 for his career, as he became only the fifth player in program history to total 1,000 points and 300 assists. He joined Darrell Browder (1979-82), Jeff Jacobs (1993-96), Mike Jones (1996-98) and Corey Santee (2001-04) in the exclusive club.
Junior guard J.R. Cadot was once again strong on the glass for the Frogs, pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds, including a whopping 10 on the offensive end.
Three SDSU players scored in double figures, including double-doubles by senior forward Malcolm Thomas and sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard. Thomas totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonard went for 14 points and 11 boards. Sophomore guard Chase Tapley scored 12 points with four assists, while senior guard D.J. Gay dished out a game-high six assists.
TCU kept the Aztecs at bay in the opening period, leading by as many as six points and trailing by only three at the half, 29-26. SDSU took control in the second period, outscoring the Frogs 20-5 in the opening six minutes to grab a 49-31 edge. TCU was unable to climb within single digits for the remainder of the game, cutting the lead to 11 in the game’s final minutes.
The Aztecs showed their strength inside, posting a 44-24 advantage in points in the paint. The Frogs were able to stay in the game in the first half in part because they were able to protect the ball, although the tide turned in the second half. TCU posted nine of their 12 turnovers in the second period, as SDSU outscored the Frogs 23-13 in points off miscues for the contest.
TCU controlled the action for much of the first half, leading by as many as six points with just over five minutes to play before the Aztecs closed the period on a 10-1 run. Cadot helped the Frogs win the battle on the glass in the stanza with eight first-half rebounds, including seven on the offensive end of the court.
An 8-2 Frog spurt highlighted by a Green 3-pointer and an alley-oop dunk by Green from Cadot, follwed by a Cerina layup inside, gave TCU a 25-19 advantage with 4:38 remaining in the half. SDSU responded with treys on back-to-back possessions by sophomore guard James Rahon to tie the contest. A pair of baskets inside by senior center Brian Carlwell, including a jam with 35 seconds on the clock, put the Aztecs up 29-26 entering intermission.
TCU returns to the road Saturday, Jan. 8, when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on UNLV. Tip-off from the Rebels’ Thomas & Mack Center is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT. The contest will be televised by the MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.).