Frogs post 79-68 triumph over Jackson State on home court
Dec. 27, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU men's basketball program returned from its Christmas holiday to post a 79-68 victory over Jackson State at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Thursday (Dec. 27) en route to improving its overall record to 8-3 on the 2007-08 campaign.
The Purple and White improved to 8-1 at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with the victory over the Tigers and have triumphed in nine of their last 10 games on their home court.
However - the victory didn't come easy for the Frogs as the Tigers put up a tremendous fight despite their 2-11 record. The Frogs were able to jump out to an early eight-point advantage over the visitors after Alvardo Parker (South Caicos, Turks & Caicos/Frank Phillips H.S.) connected on a lay-in to make the score 12-4 with 16:14 remaining in the half.
The Frogs were unable to take care of the ball and allowed the Tigers to claw their way back into contention as Jackson State was able to take the advantage on the scoreboard at the 7:15 mark following a lay-in by Grant Maxey to take the score to 24-22.
The Frogs and Tigers continued to battle back and forth for leverage on the scoreboard over the next few minutes until the Purple and White was able to rally off an 11-0 run over the final 4:52 of the first half to take a 39-28 advantage into the locker room.
A series of three-pointers by Martiese Morones (Lexington, Ky./Millersburg Military Institute) and Keion Mitchem (Rochester, N.Y./Rochester East H.S.) in addition to a pair of lay-ins by Neiman Owens (Channelview, Texas/Channelview H.S.) and John Ortiz (Cali, Colombia/Colby C.C.) allowed the Frogs to take the advantage into intermission.
The second half of action proved to be a distant memory from the first 20 minutes as Parker took the Frogs on his shoulders in the early minutes to score five of the team's first seven points of the frame. Following his second consecutive lay-in, the TCU forward helped the Purple and White build an 11-point advantage at 43-32 at the 18:52 mark, which allowed the Frogs to hold a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
The Frogs increased their lead to 21 points at 66-45 with 6:47 remaining in the game after Ortiz connected on a lay-in in the paint, which the Purple and White held a 40-32 advantage in points in the paint against the Tigers.
TCU continued to pound the ball into the paint to score on easy lay-ins or have the play result in a foul, which allowed the Frogs to take their attempts from the free throw line. The Purple and White scored their last 19 points of the game from lay-ins in the paint or from attempts at the charity stripe, which they connected on 22-of-31.
Henry Salter (Gulfport, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast College) led the Frogs with 16 points, including 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, to go along with seven rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes of action.
Kevin Langford (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.) recorded his ninth straight double-digit scoring performance as the Fort Worth native collected 11 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes of action.
Mike Scott (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Learning Center) also added 11 points, including 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, to go along with three assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes of action while Ortiz finished with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three steals and one assist in 21 minutes of action.
Darrion Griffin led the Tigers with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field while Maxey collected 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of action.
The Frogs connected on 41.9 percent (26-of-62) of their field goal attempts while the Tigers were right behind them at 41.8 percent (28-of-67). The Frogs came into the game ranked 15th in the nation in rebounds per game with a mark of 41.8 and finished the contest with 45 boards.
The Purple and White will be back in action on Saturday (Dec. 29) when TCU travels to Katy, Texas, for a rematch against Rice University with tip-off slated for 2:00 p.m.
The Go Frogs Five (Notes from the DMC)
- The Purple and White have won nine of their last 10 games at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with their last setback at home coming against Oklahoma on December 2, 2007.
- The Frogs are off to an 8-3 start for the first time since the 2001-02 season, which is also the best opening 11-game mark during the tenure of TCU head men's basketball coach Neil Dougherty.
- With the victory over Jackson State, the Frogs improved their record to 5-0 against opponents from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and have notched a 23-1 overall record against foes from the SWAC.
- Brent Hackett (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest H.S.) failed to score against the Tigers, which was the first time since BYU on February 25, 2005 that the Fort Worth talent did not record a bucket - a span of 44 games.
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