TCU Outplays SMU in 65-51 Victory
Dec. 12, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs (6-3) and SMU Mustangs (3-3) met for the 180th time on Sunday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and for the 82nd time the Frogs came away the victors. After a 65-51 triumph, TCU has now won six of seven, 13 of 15, and 17 of the past 21 meetings with SMU. In addition, TCU has won six of its last seven and nine of its last 11 games against teams from Texas.
TCU scored 11 seconds into the contest on a Nile Murry layup and never trailed. The Horned Frogs held the Mustangs to two points in the first 6:43 of the game and just three points in the final five minutes of the stanza.
With just 26 points, the Horned Frogs were held to their lowest point total in any half this season, but still enjoyed a seven-point advantage (26-19) at the break. TCU made just 9-of-29 shots (31 percent) in the first stanza, but limited SMU to 8-for-28 (29 percent) from the floor.
In the second half, the Horned Frogs blew the game open with a 25-8 run over eight minutes, turning a 35-32 game into a 20-point TCU lead at 60-40. The Horned Frogs shot 46 percent in the second half and made 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. TCU was outrebounded 46-36, but forced 21 SMU turnovers on the evening.
Corey Santee, TCU's top scorer on the season, picked up two fouls in the first 3:29 of the contest and saw just six minutes of time in the first half. However, Santee scored 11 straight points early in the second half to spur the Frogs and finished with a game-high 18, all in the second half. Murry added 17 points, which included a perfect 3-for-3 night from three-point range. Marcus Sloan (11) posted double figures for the second time in his four-year career and also added a team-high eight boards.
TCU returns to the road to face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. (CT) TCU is next at home at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
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