TCU Falls Short Against Tulane In OT, 87-82
Jan 19, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Brandon Brown scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Tulane, which held off a furious comeback and beat TCU 87-82 in overtime on Saturday.
Waitari Marsh added 14 points for Tulane (11-5, Conference USA). Brandon Spann scored 11, and Ben Benfield had 10 for the Green Wave.
TCU, which trailed 52-30 at halftime, outscored the Green Wave 46-24 to force the extra period. The Frogs made 18-of-37 shots in the second half, while the Green Wave were held to 9 made field goals in 30 attempts
With 3:52 remaining in the first half, Tulane held a 46-20 lead. The Green Wave shot an impressive 69 percent in the half, converting 20 of 29 field goals.
The Horned Frogs (10-9, 0-5) were outscored 11-6 during overtime. They shot 1-of-6 from the field during the period.
"When you get yourself down by 25 points in the second half, you have to spend a lot of energy to get yourself back in it, so we spent a lot of ourselves just to get the game into overtime", said TCU head coach Billy Tubbs. "The problem in overtime was that we began forcing a lot of shots again."
"When we have to play catch-up, we are in our comfort zone -- we play team basketball. When things are close, we force shots and don't play as a team. That is how we got behind early and how we played in overtime."
Junior Blount scored a game-high 23 points for TCU. Jamal Brown had 17 rebounds to go with his 12 points for the Frogs.
"We didn't play well on defense in the first half", said Blount. "During our talk at halftime, we told people that if they didn't want to play, to just stay in the locker room."
TCU was plagued by a season-high 19 turnovers and poor foul shooting. The Frogs, which entered the game as the top free-throw shooting team in Conference USA, made just 13-of-28 free throws for a season-low 46.4 percent.
The Frogs, which have dropped five straight games, including two straight in overtime, travel to Marquette on Wednesday, January 23.