TCU hangs on to beat Southwest Texas, 91-88

Bingo Merriex scored 10 points against Southwest Texas

Bingo Merriex scored 10 points against Southwest Texas

Nov. 28, 2001

Box Score

Fort Worth - In a contest that saw 25 lead changes or ties, the TCU Horned Frogs managed to pull out a 91-88 win over Southwest Texas Wednesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU improves to 4-2 overall, while the Bobcats drop to 2-2 this season.

The largest lead for both teams was six points. In the second half, TCU held an 81-75 lead with 4:18 remaining, while Southwest Texas held a six-point lead early in the first half.

While the Bobcats were on fire from three-point range, the Frogs won the game at the free-throw line. TCU hit 24-of-34 at the line overall, but in the second half, the Frogs hit 18-of-23 free throw shots, including 11 of the last 14 attempts in the game. Southwest Texas made 12 of 19 free throw shots.

Junior Blount, who led the Frogs with 28 points, hit two crucial free throws with 11 seconds remaining to extend the TCU lead from 89-88 to 91-88. Blount also hit a big three-pointer at the 1:29 mark that pushed the lead to 87-82.

The Bobcats set a single-game school-record with 16 three-pointers in 31 attempts. Guard Clay Click hit eight three-pointers in 12 attempts for 26 points. However, the Bobcats three-point attempt at the buzzer missed, allowing the Frogs to record the win.

"We wanted to make a lot of switches on the perimeter so they couldn't get No. 25 (Clay Click) off a good screen," said Billy Tubbs. "We put somebody active on the inbounds guy and we did a pretty good job of guarding (Click) off his screen. We were able to force someone who hadn't taken a three-pointer all night into taking the last shot, so we were pleased."

"We're still having defensive breakdowns. We did a bit better tonight though. A couple of shots that (Click) made, there was nothing we could do. He made some great shots. But, he also had some open looks, so we have to do a better overall job defensively and eliminate those breakdowns."

Jamal Brown recorded his third double-double of the season as he had 16 rebounds and 16 points. Brown hit 10 straight free throws in the second half to finish 10-of-12 from the line. Freshman guard Corey Santee notched his first career double-double with a season-high 12 assists and 20 points.



"I think that (Corey) Santee played very well for us in the second half, running our offense," said Tubbs. "Jamal (Brown) and Junior (Blount) also played very strong games, but we still need more out of our inside game."

The Frogs hit the road Saturday, December 1 for a non-conference matchup at Texas Tech. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

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