FROGS OUT GUN PONIES

by Dan M | Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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BY: Dic Humphrey                                                                                                                                                                                                 Member USBWA

The TCU Horned Frogs out-shot SMU Tuesday night in Schollmaier Arena for a 94-83 win. It was the first win for TCU in the cross-town rivalry since 2010. Kendrick Williams scored a career high 27 points to lead the 20th ranked Frogs to a 9-0 start. SMU fell to 7-3 with the loss.

This was a game of runs early with TCU stepping out to a 10-2 lead. SMU pulled within one point with a 7-0 run of their own. SMU’s best spurt was a 13-2 run that gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the game at 29-25 with a little more than six minutes until halftime. The Frogs of course answered with an 8-0 run to take back the lead for good. TCU led by five at the half – 43-38 – as they shot 51.2% from the floor and 71.4% from the free throw line.

In the second half, SMU continued to have no defensive answers as the Frogs shot even better. TCU finished at 56.5% from the floor and 81.1% from the free throw line. TCU extended the lead to as much as 13 points, but the Mustangs gave themselves a chance to win by some spiffy shooting of their own. SMU shot 51.7% from the floor, and with 1:47 left in the game, they cut the lead to five points. From there, the Ponies were forced to foul to stop the clock and hope for TCU to miss free throws to have a chance to win. The Frogs didn’t miss.

The difference in the game really got down to the disparity in free throws. TCU made 30, while the Ponies shot only 23. SMU made 17 to account for a 13 point differential. The Mustangs were plagued by foul trouble throughout the game. Point guard Jimmy Whitt saw just 18 minutes of action as he was one of two Mustangs that fouled out, while three more finished the game with four fouls.

Both teams put five players in double figures. Freshman Ethan Chargois led SMU with 21 points, his third game to crack the 20 point mark. Jarrey Foster hit his career high of 19 points for the fourth time this season. SMU’s leading scorer on the season, Shake Milton, put in 18 points on what was one of his poorer shooting nights of the year. He was only 6-15 from the field, including 1-8 from the three point stripe. Whitt scored 12, and Ben Emelogu added 10 more as SMU’s starting five scored all but three points of their total.

TCU made four fewer baskets than SMU (26-30), but they made six more three point shots to go along with the free throw differential to stay on top of the Ponies for most of the game. They led for more than 35 minutes, including the entire second half.

In addition to Williams’ 27 points, Kouat Noi scored 16, Desmond Bane scored 14, Jaylen Fisher scored 11, and Ahmed Hamdy put in 10. The TCU bench outscored the SMU bench 26-3.

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  1. Redeye says:

    Probably for the best in the long run. Showed some real holes in overall inexperience on college level. Expect Ponies to rebound quickly

  2. wiz says:

    cant remember last time team scored over 90 against smu.

  3. Karl Koenig says:

    Dic, your usual summary that touches on aspects I perhaps didn’t notice. Just felt we never had any rhythm, but did have a number of miscues. Hope we can turn it around quickly and get back on the plus side. Thanks, Karl.

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