TCU Races Past Texas-Arlington 90-61
Nov. 19, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU opened the 2004-05 campaign on Friday night with a 90-61 blowout victory over the Texas-Arlington Mavericks in front of 3,414 fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. It was the Horned Frogs' fifth straight season-opening win and 24th consecutive victory in the team's home opener.
Marcus Shropshire was on fire early for the Horned Frogs, as he made five of his first six shots, including a pair of three-pointers. The game was tight throughout the first three-quarters of the opening stanza, as neither team managed a double-digit lead until a Nile Murry three-pointer made the score 35-24 with under four minutes to play in the half. Another Shropshire trey on the next trip door the floor gave the Frogs a 14-point advantage.
In the first half, TCU had 10 fast-break points, including an Aaron Curtis dunk off a touch pass from Neiman Owens, while UTA failed to garner a fast-break bucket. Fourteen Frogs saw duty in the first half and wore down the Mavericks. For the game, TCU outscored UTA by a 32-8 count on fast breaks.
TCU held Texas-Arlington without a field goal from the 2:00-minute mark of the first half until the 10:48 point of the second. Over that time, TCU turned a 38-28 lead into a 61-34 advantage. TCU's margin of victory over the Mavericks was 29 for the second straight year.
Shropshire led the Horned Frogs with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. Chudi Chinweze had the fifth double-double of his career (12 points and 10 rebounds), while Corey Santee dished out 10 assists. It was Santee's first double-figure assist game since Jan. 5, 2002. Judson Stubbs chipped in 10 points in his Horned Frog debut. No Horned Frog player saw more than 23 minutes of play.
TCU is next in action this Sunday, Nov. 21, when the Horned Frogs host Shawnee State at 5:05 p.m. Texas Tech visits Daniel-Meyer on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7:05 p.m. A few hundred tickets still remain for that game. For season or individual game tickets, call (817) 257-FROG or visit www.gofrogs.com.