Men's Basketball Rolls Over VCU, 101-82
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Dec. 6) - Ryan Carroll scored 28 points, including 24 after intermission, to lead the TCU Horned Frogs to a 101-82 win over Virginia Commonwealth in a non-conference game played at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Dec. 6.
Carroll hit seven-of-12 shots from the field, including three-of-five from beyond the three-point line. He also connected on all 11 of his free throw attempts.
The two teams went toe-to-toe for the first 10 minutes of the game with TCU (5-2) holding a slim 23-20 advantage before going on a 14-3 run to open up a 14-point cushion at 37-23. The Frogs were still ahead by a 40-27 countwith just under four minutes remaining in the half, but VCU (4-3) outscored TCU 13-2 to go to the locker rooms within a bucket at 42-40.
The Rams actually took the lead early in the second half with their last advantage of 51-50 coming at the 16:23 mark. From that point on, TCU slowly pulled away with Carroll leading the way.
"I thought it was a good win for us," said Frogs head coach Billy Tubbs. "VCU is a good team. Theyre going to win a lot of games. We didnt shoot the ball well, but we outrebounded them and forced more turnovers. I thought Ryan Carroll had an outstanding second half," continued Tubbs. "He really stepped up and played. It may have been the best half of basketball Ive seen him play at TCU."
"The thing I keyed on was getting offensive boards," said Carroll. "Coach Tubbs got it across to me and the team at halftime that we werent playing very hard or very smart. I think we picked it up in the second half."
Derrick Davenport recorded his third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Greedy Daniels (14) and Myron Anthony (10) also finished in double figures for TCU. Ten Horned Frogs figured into the scoring column, with Nucleus Smith (7) and Rebel Paulk (6) coming off the bench to tally season highs.
Bo Jones scored 17 points to lead the Rams. Three other players finished with 10.
The Horned Frogs had a 51-40 advantage in rebounds, turned the ball over just eight times compared to 20 for VCU and outscored the Rams, 35-16 from the charity stripe.
The Frogs will be in action again on Saturday, when they host Central Oklahoma. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.