TCU Rolls Past Princeton, 76-45
Frogs Run Record to 7-2
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (December 18, 2000) -- Marlon Dumont scored a season-high 15 points and TCU, the nation's top scoring team, overcame Princeton's slow-down tactics to post an easy 76-45 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday.
Dumont, making his first start of the season, hit six-of-seven shots from the field and all three free throws in 20 minutes of action. Ryan Carroll and Derrick Davenport were the only other Frogs in double figures with 11 points each.
"I was ready to play," said Dumont. "This was really tough for us. We're used to running teams up and down the floor. We should chalk it up to experience. It's very hard to keep the concentration against that style of play. We kept on pushing the ball down the floor and let the defense work for us."
The Frogs scored the game's first four points and never looked back. They held Princeton to just nine points through the game's first 14 minutes while opening up a 13-point advantage. TCU went into the intermission with a 30-21 lead.
The Horned Frogs opened the second half with a quick 7-0 run to open a comfortable 37-21 lead, then slowly widened the gap throughout the period, with most of the damage coming at the free throw line.
"We did a good job tonight," said TCU coach Billy Tubbs. "We were off for nine days and were a little rusty. Our defense did an excellent job tonight. Princeton is one of the best teams in the nation running the kind of offense they run and I only remember one layup off their half-court offense. I never was satisfied or felt we had any rhythm on offense in the first half. We penetrated more and did a better job in the second half," added Tubbs.
Neither team shot the ball well in the contest as TCU hit just 21-of-54 shots for 38.9 percent, including just 3-of-16 from beyond the arc. Princeton hit 37.2 percent of its shots (16-for-43) and connected for 8-of-27 from the three-point line. The Frogs dominated at the free throw line, hitting 31-of-39 for the game, including 24-of-28 in the second half, while Princeton took just 10 shots from the charity stripe, making five. The Frogs were solid on the boards, collecting 40 of the 69 caroms and forced the Tigers into 21 turnovers, compared to just seven for TCU.
The Frogs will be in action again on Tuesday as they host UT-Arlington at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.