Horned Frogs Top Athletes First
Score 69 Points in Second Half In Win
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 10, 2000) -- TCU hit 67 percent of its shots in a 69-point second half surge to post a 111-92 exhibition win over Athletes First at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Friday. It was the Horned Frogs second win in as many exhibition games this season.
"I thought it was a pretty good test for our team," said head coach Billy Tubbs. "This is probably one of the best three-point shooting teams we'll face all year. They (Athletes First) are an experienced bunch of guys and they've been together long enough to know what each other is going to do. We got a lot of work done in these exhibition games," he added.
Senior center Derrick Davenport led the way with 25 points, hitting 10-of-15 shot from the field and all five free throws. Greedy Daniels came off the bench to add 21 points on 7-of-11 from the field. Ryan Carroll (17), Bingo Merriex (14) and Marlon Dumont (11) also finished in double digits for TCU, which hit 55 percent of its shots from the field for the game.
Athletes First overcame a 27-15 first half deficit to take a 45-42 lead into halftime and clung to a 57-56 advantage with 14:52 left in the game, but Greedy Daniels hit a pair of three-pointers and scored 10 points in a 12-2 spurt to give the Frogs a 70-59 lead, one they never relinquished. The TCU bench outscored the Athletes First bench by a 51-23 margin.
"They (Athletes First) thought we had good depth. What it (our depth) does is it makes our guys play a little harder. It pushes everybody to play a little higher because they know if they're breathing hard out there, they'll be breathing hard on the bench," said Tubbs. "We basically split up our starting lineup and we tried to keep a pretty good mix of starters and subs out there. I thought we had some good combos on the floor."
Athletes First lost for just the second time in five games. They were led by former Oral Roberts star Chad Wilkerson, who tallied 23 points. Stephen Woods added 19 and Tim Gill poured in 16. They attempted 43 shots from beyond the three-point arc, hitting 19.
The Frogs begin their regular season next Friday, November 17, when
the host Northwestern State (Louisiana) at 7:05 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer