Horned Frogs Hit One Hundred in Exhibition Win
Nov. 6, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - On Thursday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the TCU men's basketball team opened the lid on the 2003-04 season with a 101-66 victory over Vilnius Sakalai, a team playing its first of eight games on an exhibition tour of the United States.
Sophomore Chudi Chinweze (Houston, Texas), who poured in 20 points, came off the bench early to provide an instant spark, as he blocked a shot, raced to the other end and finished with a dunk off an alley-oop pass from junior Corey Santee (Flint, Mich.). Thanks in part to the Chinweze slam, TCU jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game's first three minutes. However, a 12-0 Sakalai run over the next minute-plus put the Lithuanian squad on top.
The Horned Frogs were able to re-gain the lead and build the margin back to double digits in the late stages of the first half, and settled into a 46-36 lead at intermission. Eleven different Frogs saw action in the stanza, and TCU fans had their first look at five Frog newcomers. Junior Aaron Curtis (Grand Prairie, Texas) and freshman Femi Ibikunle (Lagos, Nigeria) received started nods, while Neil P. Dougherty (Fort Worth, Texas), Blake Adams (Houston, Texas) and Art Pierce (Tyler, Texas) provided minutes off the bench. Ultimately, the TCU newcomers would contribute 44 percent of the team's scoring, with Curtis heading the group with a game-high 23 points.
TCU, which subbed en masse frequently, blew the game open in the next 20 minutes thanks to 53 percent shooting. TCU was 23-of-43 from the floor in the second half, while Sakalai managed just 19 shot attempts, making six. On the night, Horned Frogs forced 34 turnovers and out-rebounded Vilnius 45-35.
TCU's second and final exhibition game will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 against the EA Sports Southwest All-Stars, a team comprised of former college players. The Horned Frogs begin the regular season with a matchup with Metroplex foe Texas-Arlington on Saturday, Nov. 22. Both of those games will also tip off at 7:05 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.