Feb. 8, 2012
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DALLAS—TCU was unable to hold on to a one-point lead with less than two minutes to play and fell Wednesday evening to crosstown rival SMU, 68-62, at the Mustangs’ Moody Coliseum.
The loss dropped TCU’s season record to 13-10 overall, while SMU improved to 11-13 overall. The contest marked the Horned Frogs’ final non-conference matchup of the regular season.
SMU’s London Giles hit a three-pointer with 1:44 remaining to put the Mustangs ahead for good after sophomore forward Amric Fields gave the Frogs a slim one-point edge with a pair of free throws on the previous possession. Senior guard J.R. Cadot was able to cut the lead to one with 35 seconds remaining by hitting the front end of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity, but a lane violation on the second attempt kept TCU from tying the game.
Aliaksei Patsevich extended the Mustang advantage to 63-60 with 28.6 seconds left on a fastbreak layup, then added two free throws to make it a five-point game after TCU failed to grab the carom on a missed free throw attempt. SMU sealed the game at the charity stripe from there.
Cadot paced TCU on the night, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. The Nassau, Bahamas, native also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Cadot scored TCU’s first seven points on a pair of layups and a 3-pointer in the opening four-and-a-half minutes. Three other Frogs scored in double figures including Fields and junior guard/forward Garlon Green, who chipped in 12 points each and senior guard Hank Thorns, who totaled 11.
Four Mustangs reached double figures, including Robert Nyakunki, who scored a game-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 3-for-8 from beyond the arc. Giles totaled 14, while Samarrippas and Patsevich both added 10. SMU combined to sink 11-of-24 attempts from 3-point range, matching the most treys made against the Frogs this season.
The two teams played a high-paced, back-and-forth first half that featured 15 ties and eight lead changes. The Frogs led by as many as eight points, marking the largest lead for either team in the contest, in the early stages after scoring 15 of the game’s first 22 points.
SMU tied the game up late in the half after finding their touch from long range. The Mustangs made four of their last six attempts from beyond the arc and finished the period 7-of-14 overall from outside. Back-to-back 3’s by Samarrippas and Leslee Smith put SMU on top by a score of 35-32 with under three minutes remaining. Freshman guard Kyan Anderson added a trey late for TCU then forced a steal inside the final 10 seconds that resulted in a Thorns layup and a tie game at the half, 37-37.
In the second half, neither team led by more than four points until SMU pulled away in the final minute. The Mustangs led by four with 3:30 left before a Thorns 3-pointer and two Fields free throws put TCU back on top with 2:06 to go.
TCU returns to conference action with the start of the second half of the Mountain West schedule Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, where the Frogs play host to Colorado State. Tip-off for the contest, which will be televised live by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.), is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.