Louisiana-Monroe knocks off TCU, 94-90
Nov. 25, 2001
Wojciech Myrda scored 19 points and blocked seven shots to lead Louisiana-Monroe to a 94-90 win over TCU Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Monroe improves to 2-1 this season, while TCU drops to 3-2.
The Indians fought off a late TCU rally to pull out the win. Down by nine with 3:44 remaining, the Frogs cut the deficit to 89-87. After Myrda made one of two free throws, the Frogs had a chance to tie the score, but Junior Blount's missed a three-pointer and the Indians came up with the rebound.
Four Indians scored in double figures, including guard Nick Coln, who led the way with 27 points. Coln hit six three-pointers in 12 attempts, while his teammate Reggie Griffin pumped in 21 points. In addition to the 19 points and seven blocks, Myrda finished the day with 10 rebounds. Kevin Paige added 12 points for Monroe.
The Frogs were led by freshman forward Corey Valsin, who recorded his first career double-double. Valsin scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, plus he recorded four assists in 33 minutes. Jamal Brown posted his second double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
The Frogs, who dropped the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Wednesday, shot 44.1% from the field, while Monroe hit 51.6% of their shots. The Indians hit 10 three-pointers, while the Frogs managed to knock down seven three-pointers. TCU's free-throw shooting kept the game close as the Frogs hit 23-of-26 free throws.
"We had some weaknesses exposed this week by Oklahoma State, and Louisiana-Monroe certainly exposed them tonight," said TCU head coach Billy Tubbs. "They gained control early and we were never able to get it back. They are a good ball club. They did a fine job of running their stuff. I give them a lot of credit, they are a good basketball team."
"Our problems right now are on defense. Our offense is OK. We can live with our play on offense, but we cannot live with our play on defense. We will just have to see if we'll learn anything from this."
Led by Myrda's 10 boards, the Indians out rebounded the Frogs by two rebounds (37-35).
"We knew coming in that we had to do two things to win this game," said Monroe head coach Mike Vining. "First, we had to be patient on offense. We couldn't let TCU speed up the pace of the game and get us out of what we wanted to do. Second, we couldn't let TCU have offensive rebounds. We felt that is what they do best. For the most part, we were able to do those two things."
TCU will return to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday, November 28 to host Southwest Texas State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.