Murray State Upends TCU 73-67
Dec. 3, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs (1-3) suffered their third consecutive loss of the season on Wednesday night in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as the team fell to the undefeated Murray State Racers (5-0) by a final of 73-67. The Frogs had a six-point halftime lead, but were able to muster just 29 second-half points in the loss. It was the third game in five days for the Frogs, who have four more tilts in the next 10 days.
The game stayed tight throughout, as neither team managed a double-figure lead at any time. TCU's six-point advantage at intermission was thanks in part to the Horned Frogs' bench, which scored 23 of the 38 points.
TCU's lead was short-lived, however, as Murray State tallied the first six points of the second half to tie the score at 38-38. The Frogs did not score until the 14:15 mark, when Marcus Shropshire converted a pair of free throws following a technical foul on the Racers' Adam Chiles. TCU misfired on its first nine field goals of the stanza and did not make a shot from the floor for 9 1/2 minutes, from the 2:35 mark of the first half until 12:58 remained in the game.
The Racers ultimately took the lead for good on a Victor Cuthbert free throw with 4:14 left to make the score 60-59. TCU got within three points with one minute to play, but Murray State was able to convert on its next possession and kept it a two-possession game the rest of the way.
Senior Nucleus Smith scored 11 points to register his first back-to-back double-figure scoring games since his freshman season of 2000-01. Sophomore Chudi Chinweze added 10 points for TCU, while freshman Blake Adams had a career-high seven. Kelvin Brown (22) and Cuthbert (17 points and 13 rebounds) led the way for the Racers.
TCU held Murray State 17 points below the Racers' season average, but TCU was unable to break the 70-point plateau for the third straight game. The Horned Frogs had a season-high 19 turnovers against the Murray State press, nearly seven more than the team's average. Murray State owned a 40-31 advantage on the glass.
TCU's next game is Saturday, Dec. 6 against the Washington State Cougars in Pullman, Wash. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT)/7:00 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised in Fort Worth-Dallas on KTXA-TV UPN 21 and can be heard on KMKI 620 AM.