TCU Earns 94-90 Victory Over EA Sports

Junior guard Marcus Shropshire had 11 points in his TCU debut.

Junior guard Marcus Shropshire had 11 points in his TCU debut.

Nov. 14, 2003

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs jumped out to a 20-point advantage in the first half, then held off a fierce second-half rally by the EA Sports Southwest All-Stars to win by a 94-90 count on Friday night in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs finished the exhibition portion of their schedule with a perfect 2-0 record.

TCU raced out to a 29-9 lead in the first nine-plus minutes of the game thanks to outstanding shooting. Junior forward Aaron Curtis drained both of his three-point attempts during the Frogs' run. TCU maintained a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the first half and took a 53-35 advantage into the locker room. The Frogs shot 48.8 percent from the field in the first stanza, including 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from three-point range.

However, EA Sports turned the tables in the second half, hitting on 11of-21 treys and making 18 of their 38 shot attempts. In the process, EA earned its first lead of the game, 90-89, with 1:05 left to play. However, TCU freshman center Femi Ibikunle came up big in the final minute, hitting a jumper in the paint, making three-of-four free throws and securing a key defensive rebound. All five of his points came in the final 47 seconds and accounted for the 94-90 final.

Junior Corey Valsin paced the Frogs with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Four other TCU players (Curtis-12, Marcus Shropshire-11, Corey Santee-10 and Chudi Chinweze-10) reached double-figures. Santee posted a double-double on the evening as he dished out a game-high 10 assists.

For the second straight game, the Horned Frogs enjoyed a 10-rebound advantage over their opponents. TCU begins the regular season at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:05 p.m. against Texas-Arlington. For tickets, call (817) 257-FROG.



TCU: Corey Santee, Nucleus Smith, Aaron Curtis, Chudi Chinweze, Femi Ibikunle
EA Sports SW: Brett McFall, Chris McMillian, Nate Green, Koko Archibong, D'Cean Bryant

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