Frogs drop second straight decision with 90-66 setback to Oklahoma
Dec. 2, 2007
The TCU men's basketball program dropped its second straight contest as the Horned Frogs fell to the University of Oklahoma by a 90-66 count at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday (Dec. 2).
With the setback, the Frogs dropped their overall record to 4-2 while the Sooners improved to 6-2 on the 2007-08 campaign.
The Sooners came out firing on all cylinders right from the opening tip as OU freshman Blake Griffin scored on a lay-in to make the score 2-0 at the 19:41 mark. A combination of slow shooting by the Frogs along with a strong post presence by the Sooners allowed the visiting squad the opportunity to continue to build upon their lead.
The Sooners took a 10-point advantage at 14-4 with 14:30 remaining in the game after Tony Crocker connected on his second consecutive three-pointer within a span on 33 seconds. Crocker finished with a game-high 24 points in the contest - including 20 in the first half of action - as he connected on 8-of-11 field goal attempts. The OU senior connecting on 6-of-7 three-pointers in the contest and nearly missed out on a double-double as he added nine rebounds.
After a lay-in by TCU junior Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast College) at the 13:28 mark allowed the Frogs to get within eight points at 14-6, but an 11-5 rally for the Sooners quickly pushed the lead to 25-11 with 9:04 remaining in the first half. OU would not allow the Frogs to cut their lead to under double digits for the remainder of the game and took a 45-27 lead into intermission.
The second half of action continued to be a repeat for the Sooner offense as the visiting squad opened up the frame on a 20-6 run capped off by a dunk by Griffin at the 14:02 mark to give OU a 65-33 advantage.
The Sooners - who connected on 52.9 percent (18-of-34) in the second half of action - were able to cruise through the remainder of the game en route to securing their second road victory of the season by a 90-66 count.
Salter led the Frogs with 18 points as the TCU junior connected on 6-of-11 shots, including 5-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. He also added six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Griffin added 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the Sooners while Austin Johnson finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes of action.
The Sooners connected on 54.5 percent (36-of-66) of their field goal attempts, including 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from behind the three-point line. OU held a big advantage on the boards as the visiting squad grabbed 50 rebounds - including 18 offensive caroms - compared to 33 on the part of the Purple and White.
The Frogs will be back in action on Wednesday (Dec. 5) when the Purple and White travels down the road to SMU for a match-up against the Mustangs at the Moody Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Inside the Game
Head Coach Neil Dougherty on tonight's game
Dougherty on the performance of Tony Crocker
Dougherty on the remainder of the season
OU guard Tony Crocker on his shooting performance against the Frogs
OU Head Coach Jeff Capel on the Sooners' victory over TCU
The Go Frog Five (Notes from the DMC)
- Henry Salter scored 18 points against the Sooners - which was the fifth straight game at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum that the TCU has notched a double-digit scoring performance. At home this season, Salter leads the Frogs with a 15.2 points per game average.
- The Sooners were the first team to score 90 or more points against the Frogs since UNC-Charlotte posted a 94-point performance on January 26, 2005 - a span of 77 games.
- Kevin Langford (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.) scored 11 points in the game - which is his fourth straight double-digit scoring performance.
- The setback to the Sooners snapped the Frogs' six-game home winning streak.
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