Nov. 15, 2012
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FORT WORTH--TCU's attempt at a late rally fell short, as SMU slipped out of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 64-61 victory over the Horned Frogs on Thursday. Senior guard/forward Garlon Green scored 20 points to lead the Frogs after the squad lost junior forward Amric Fields to injury early.
The loss dropped TCU's season record to 2-1, while SMU improved to 2-0. Head coach Trent Johnson's bid to match the best start in school history by a first-year TCU coach fell one win shy of the record shared by Billy Tubbs (1994), Moe Iba (1987) and Matty Bell (1923).
TCU trailed for the entire game and by as many as 11 points midway through the second half before making a run at SMU. The squad posted a 13-5 spurt thanks in part to three Green field goals to cut the deficit to only three points, 54-51, with 4:27 remaining. The Mustangs stayed in front by turning up their defensive effort and held the Frogs to only three buckets the rest of the game.
The Frogs did have one last opportunity, getting the ball back with under seven seconds remaining following four straight missed SMU free throws. But sophomore guard Kyan Anderson's last-second desperation 3-point shot to tie the game was blocked by guard Ryan Manuel just prior to the final buzzer.
TCU found itself shorthanded Thursday against the Mustangs, losing its standout forward Fields for the game to an apparent knee injury just seconds into the contest. Green helped pick up the slack, recording his fourth career 20-point performance. The Missouri City,Texas, native dropped 9-of-15 field-goal attempts in addition to pulling down nine rebounds and recording a pair of blocked shots and assists.
In addition to Green's solid outing, the Frogs also received the best game of junior guard Jarvis Ray's career. The New Orleans, La., native scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and dished out three assists. Even bigger may have been Ray's defensive effort, as he drew three SMU charge fouls in the second half alone during TCU's comeback bid.
Senior guard Nate Butler also matched a career scoring high by adding 10 points in 36 minutes of action. He dished out three assists, while Anderson matched his career high with eight helpers.
Guard Jalen Jones led SMU's offensive attack with a game-high 21 points that included a 4-of-6 showing from beyond the arc, as the Mustangs went 6-of-13 from 3-point range for the evening. Manuel scored 16, while guard Nick Russell chipped in 12 points.
TCU found itself trailing the entire first half after SMU came out firing to open the contest. The Mustangs made five of their first seven attempts from the floor and grabbed a 10-point lead, 16-6 following a Jones trey less than eight minutes in.
TCU responded, riding the back of the scoring duo of Butler Lind and Green, who totaled eight points each in the opening stanza. Butler Lind sank a pair of 3's, while Green did most of his damage on jumpers inside the arc. A Green putback at the 2:28 mark cut the Frogs' deficit to just one point, but SMU closed the half by scoring eight of the final 10 points on a pair of 3's by guard Brian Bernardi and Jones and two Jones free throws for a 33-26 advantage.
TCU continues its season-opening five game homestand with its first contest of the 2012 South Padre Invitational against Prairie View A&M on Sunday at 3 p.m. The contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.