Men's Basketball Takes Down SMU, 74-62

Fort Worth (AP) - Corey Valsin scored 23 points and James Davis keyed a 19-0 second-half run with 10 points as TCU defeated SMU 74-62 Tuesday night.

TCU (8-3) trailed 54-41 with 12:29 left in the second half, then reeled off 19 straight points to take a 60-54 lead with 5:05 remaining. During the 19-0 run, Davis scored 10 of his 12 points, while the Mustangs were 0-8 from the field with three turnovers.

"That was the most veteran team that we have that was on the floor during that run," said TCU head coach Billy Tubbs. "I recognized offenses and defenses when they were on the floor, and that hasn't happened often this year. We were running our offense well for parts of the first half also, but we couldn't make shots. But, for the last ten minutes of the game, we did make them. I was especially pleased during that point with our rebounding. We rebounded as well during that spurt as we have all year."

Valsin kept the Frogs close in the first half, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. His 23 points scored is a new career-high, topping his 20 point outing against UTSA last Saturday. Davis finished with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. TCU also got 12 points each from Bingo Merriex and Nucleus Smith.

The win over SMU was TCU's fifth in a row and the 14th in the last 16th meetings between the crosstown rivals.

"Although we've won quite a few, the games have all been similar," said Tubbs. "They are usually games of spurts, where one team takes a big lead and the other comes back. Tonight, we had our spurt at the right time. Another thing is that some teams just have offensive and defensive schemes that seem to work better against certain teams. There are teams where that happens against us, and for us, ours seem to work well against SMU usually."

The Horned Frogs also clamped down on defense, limiting SMU (5-5) to just 34 percent shooting in the second half. In the first half, SMU hit 52.2 percent from the field. The Mustangs were led by Quinton Ross' 17 points and Damon Hancock's 17.

"They couldn't make shots and we played as well as we have played in the first 30 minutes," said SMU head coach Mike Dement. "However, we started missing shots and it began to steamroll for us. The most disappointing part for me is that we started to let it affect us defensively also. We weren't as aggressive when they made that run. James Davis was very good tonight. He made some real big shots for them. Corey Valsin was also excellent."

The Frogs return to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Thursday, December 20, when they host Appalachian State. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m.



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