TCU Advances To Quarterfinals Of Conference USA Tournament

March 9, 2005

Box Score

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Corey Santee's 3-pointer with 12.8 seconds gave TCU a 60-57 overtime victory over Marquette on Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament.

Aaron Curtis had just hit one of two free throws with 18.8 seconds left to tie the game at 57 for TCU.

Santee's 3-pointer came after Marcus Sloan batted away the ball after a Marquette inbounds pass - one of the Golden Eagles' 23 turnovers on the afternoon. TCU (19-12) relied on its defensive pressure to offset a horrid 15 percent shooting performance in the second half.

Steve Novak mishandled a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired, ending Marquette's chances.

Marquette (19-11) had the last shot in regulation, but Joe Chapman's runner in the lane missed. Marcus Jackson, who had 16 rebounds, couldn't convert a tip attempt,sending the game into the extra period tied at 50.

Nile Murry led TCU with 12 points, and Curtis had 11 for the Horned Frogs, who face No. 6 Louisville, the tournament's top seed, Thursday.

Novak had 16 for Marquette, while Todd Townsend added 14 and eight rebounds. Dameon Mason finished with 12 points.

The eighth-seeded Horned Frogs, who led 34-28 at the half, lost their touch after the break, missing their first 11 shots from the field, and scoring only a free throw in the first six minutes. That allowed Marquette, the No. 9 seed, to chip away at TCU's halftime advantage.

The shooting woes would continue as TCU missed 25 of its first 28 shots in the second half, and Marquette built the lead to 49-42 on Townsend's 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining. At that point, the Horned Frogs had only six points in the half.



But TCU went back to the pressure defense that provided them easy baskets early. Marquette had trouble inbounding the ball against the pressure, which caused a handful of turnovers, allowing the Horned Frogs to retake the lead 50-49 on Marcus Shropshire's two free throws with 1:12 remaining.

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