TCU rallies to beat Athletes First, 105-102

Nov. 8, 2001

TCU overcame a nine-point deficit in the final two minutes to defeat Athletes First, 105-102, Thursday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

A Corey Santee three-pointer at the 2:00 mark cut the deficit to six points, then after a turnover by Athletes First, Santee again connected on a three-pointer to trim the deficit to three points. After Athletes First committed yet another turnover, TCU's Junior Blount was fouled on a made three-pointer that tied the game. He successfully converted the free throw shot, providing the Frogs with their first lead since the 16:13 mark of the second half.

Athletes First controlled the first half as they took a 50-44 lead into halftime. While the Frogs shot only 40.5 percent in the opening half, Athletes First shot 54.1 percent and out rebounded the Frogs by seven boards (24-17). Athletes First hit eight tree-pointers in the first half, including three by leading scorer Chad Wilkerson.

The Frogs went on a 14-7 run to open the second half as Marlon Dumont and Jamal Brown combined for 10 of the 14 points. The run allowed TCU to take a 58-57 lead with 16:13 left in the half. Athletes First responded by going on a 15-4 run to take a 72-62 lead.

Down the stretch, the Frogs hit the key shots as they closed the game by outscoring Athletes First 14-2 in the final two minutes.

Brown led the Frogs with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Dumont scored 18 points and pulled down 11 boards. Santee's late three-pointers raised his total to 18 points, while dishing out nine assists. Junior Blount, who hit 13 three-pointers in the two exhibition games, including five tonight, scored 18 points. Nucleus Smith added 12 points despite playing only in the first half.

Wilkerson led Athletes First with 25 points, while Brodney Kennard added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Athletes First will next travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech on November 11.



Earlier this week, the Frogs defeated Czech-Select, 146-70 in the first exhibition game of the season. TCU will open the regular-season Friday, November 16, when they host Northwestern State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
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