TCU Drops 86-73 Decision at Butler
Frogs Fall to 8-3
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (December 23, 2000) -- A slow start put TCU in an early hole, one the Horned Frogs were unable to escape, in an 86-73 setback at Butler on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (6-3) scored the games first 10 points before Thomas McTyer hit a jumper for the Frogs (8-3) at the 16:38 mark of the first half. TCU fought back to even the score at 22 with 8:27 remaining in the first stanza but Butler scored 15 of the games next 16 points and went into the locker room with a comfortable 43-30 advantage.
The Frogs closed the deficit to six points at 55-49 with 12:32 remaining in the game on a three-pointer by Greedy Daniels, but could get no closer as the Bulldogs connected on 20 of 26 free throws in the second half to put the game away.
Ryan Carroll led five Horned Frogs in double figures with 18 points. Daniels added 15, hitting four-of-six from beyond the arc. McTyer (11), Marlon Dumont (10) and Nucleus Smith (10) also scored in double digits for TCU.
Thomas Jackson led the Bulldogs with 19 points, while LaVall Jordan chipped in with 18.
Despite shooting 54.7 percent from the field, including 52.6 percent on 19 three-point attempts, TCU was held 28 points below its NCAA-leading average of 101 points per game. The smaller Bulldogs outrebounded TCU by a 32-17 count and had a decided advantage from the free throw line as well, netting 25-of-32 for the game, compared to just five-of-nine for TCU. The Frogs also committed 21 turnovers to Butlers 18.
TCU will be in action again on Thursday, December 28 when it hosts Texas Tech in the nightcap of the Fort Worth Classic at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Game time is set for approximately 8:00 p.m. or one-half hour after the conclusion of the TCU womens game vs. Texas. That contest begins at 5:30 p.m.