TCU Drops 60-50 Decision to Saint Louis in C-USA Opener

Jan. 7, 2004

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs (4-8, 0-1 C-USA) opened the Conference USA season with a 60-50 loss to the Saint Louis Billikens (8-4, 1-0 C-USA) on Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs' 50 points were the fewest by the team in a game since 1993.

Marcus Shropshire opened the contest with a pair of three-pointers and TCU staked itself out to a 13-4 lead in the first five-plus minutes. However, an 8-0 run by the Billikens over the next five minutes cut the Frogs' edge to one at 13-12. Saint Louis' first lead, 17-16, came at the 7:37 mark.

The Billikens enjoyed the advantage for much of the rest of the half, but a putback by Aaron Curtis with 12 seconds remaining gave the Frogs a 25-24 halftime lead. Curtis scored the final seven points of the half for TCU.

Saint Louis tallied the first eight points of the second half to take a 32-25 lead and the Billikens never looked back. It was a two-possession game in the final minute, but Shropshire misfired on a pair of three point attempts that could have cut a six-point deficit to three. Saint Louis then iced the game with a pair of free throws and a breakaway dunk.

Shropshire led TCU with 17 points, while Corey Santee chipped in 12. TCU shot a mere 31 percent from the field, while SLU connected at a 46 percent clip, including 58 percent of its second-half shots.

TCU is now 0-3 in Conference USA openers all time. The Horned Frogs continue C-USA play by hosting Tulane on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game will be broadcast in Fort Worth/Dallas on UPN 21.



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