TCU rolls over Slovakia-Select, 104-77, in exhibition opener
Nov. 6, 2002
Fort Worth (November 6, 2002) - Eight TCU players reached double figures in scoring as the Frogs cruised to a 104-77 exhibition win over Slovakia-Select Wednesday. Senior Jamal Brown and freshman Chudi Chinweze each scored 16 to lead the Frogs.
Brown, who also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, knocked down 6-of-7 field goals and hit all four free throws for his 16 points off the bench. Chinweze also shot the ball well, knocking down 7-of-9 field goals and 2-of-2 at the free throw line to account for his 16 points. The TCU bench scored 48 points, including the 16 points by both Brown and Chinweze
"We wanted to find out where we were tonight," said TCU head coach Neil Dougherty. "This game was not about anybody else, but TCU. We wanted to see what we could accomplish with what we had put in thus far."
Slovakia-Select kept the game close in the first half as they hit 63 percent from the field. The Frogs broke the game open in the final minutes of the first half. Down by three with 5:36 remaining in the opening half, the Frogs went on a 17-5 run to close first half. TCU would increase the lead to a game-high 32 points (79-47), as the Frogs outscored Slovakia to 27-4 to open the second half.
Seniors Bingo Merriex and Junior Blount each scored 15 points. Sophomore Corey Santee added 14 points and a game-high nine assists, and Marcus Sloan scored 10 points. Freshman walk-on David Markley came off the bench to score seven points. Nucleus Smith added five points, Corey Valsin scored a pair of buckets, while Ron Hobbs scored two points.
Peter Hager and Andrej Lukjanec each scored 16 to lead Slovakia. Peter Micuda had 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Frogs shot 48.1 percent from the field, and Slovakia hit 52.5 percent. TCU knocked down eight three pointers and converted 20-of-28 free throws.
The Frogs return to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday, November 16, when they host Make Sure Sport in the final exhibition game of the season. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Admission is free. TCU will open the regular season on November 22, when they entertain Sam Houston State.