Daniels Sets School Record For Steals In Win Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Dec. 30) - Greedy Daniels obliterated the school record for steals in a game with 12 and TCU collected a school record 30 steals in the contest in an easy 130-71 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Dec. 31.
Daniels' 12 steals easily eclipsed the previous school record of seven, accomplished on several occasions, including twice earlier this season by Daniels. He came just one steal shy of the NCAA record of 13, held by Mookie Blaylock, who played his collegiate ball at Oklahoma under Billy Tubbs. Daniels, a junior guard, narrowly missed a rare triple-double as he added 20 points and nine assists in the rout. The 30 steals by the Horned Frogs was one better than the previous mark of 29, set against Delaware State on Dec. 3, 1997.
"We did a good job in our press tonight," said Tubbs. "We forced twice as many turnovers as they've been having. Our defense is really what got the game going. I thought Greedy had a great game. He's a lot like Mookie Blaylock. I wouldn't be surprised to see Greedy Daniels break the NCAA record for steals at some time. He has a great knack. Some guys just have that knack to anticipate where the ball is going to come and they have good, quick hands."
"It's a great compliment being compared to Mookie Blaylock," said Daniels. "I love doing it. It's the easiest way to score a basket because nobody's at the other end after a steal."
The Frogs (10-3) had little trouble putting away the outmanned Golden Lions (0-8). TCU scored the game's first seven points and rolled up a 66-35 cushion by intermission. The Frogs shot 53.1 percent from the field for the game, including 48.5 percent on their 33 three-point field goal attempts.
Ryan Carroll led five Frogs in double figures with 26 points. Bingo Merriex came off the bench to add a season-high 20. Derrick Davenport (15), Myron Anthony (14) and Marlon Dumont (14) also reached double digits in points for the nation's top-scoring team. Thomas McTyer established a career high with 12 assists.
Jeremy Jefferson topped the winless Golden Lions with 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
This was the final non-conference tuneup for the Horned Frogs prior to the start of the WAC season. The Frogs will host Hawaii on Thursday, January 4 at 7:05 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
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