TCU Tops Marquette 85-79
Feb 3, 2004
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Corey Santee made six free throws in the final 31 seconds and Marcus Shropshire had 20 points, making six 3-pointers, as TCU led the entire game in beating Marquette, 85-79, Tuesday night.
Santee finished with 16 points, Nuclear Smith had a season-high 16 and Aaron Curtis had a career-high 15 for TCU (8-11, 4-4 Conference USA).
Marquette (13-6, 4-4), coming off a road victory Saturday over No. 6 Louisville, was led by freshman Dameon Mason's 18 points.
The Golden Eagles trailed by 14 points early in the second half, but Scott Merritt scored to bring Marquette within 79-77 with 35 seconds to go. Santee was fouled and made both free throws with 31 seconds left, and Travis Diener made two free throws with 26 seconds to go.
Santee, who shoots 71 percent from the line, was fouled again and made both free throws with 21 seconds left for an 83-79 lead. Mason then stepped on the baseline under the Marquette basket for a turnover and Santee hit two more free throws.
The Horned Frogs used a 12-5 run late in the second half to open a 75-66 lead on Santee's 8-foot jumper with 4:31 left.
After Santee's jumper, the Golden Eagles scored six consecutive points to get within 77-72 on Diener's three-point play with 2:44 to go. Chudi Chinweze scored on a rebound for TCU and Steve Novak hit a 3 to pull Marquette within 79-75 with 2:02 left.
Diener scored 17 points, but missed 9-of-15 shots for Marquette, which lost for only the second time in 12 home games.
The Horned Frogs opened their biggest lead, 48-34, on Santee's 3 with 17:52 left. Marquette, which has lost four of six, then went on a 17-6 run to pull within 54-51 on Novak's baseline 3-pointer with 12:30 to go.
TCU made seven 3s in the first half, including four by Shropshire, to lead
43-33 at halftime. Diener missed seven of eight shots in the half and Novak
missed all three of his shots.
Shropshire's six 3-point shots were a career high and the Horned Frogs made a season-high 12 3-pointers.
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