falter from the free-throw line
a poor shooting night, the Frogs fell to the DePaul Blue Demons Tuesday
night 61-54 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The free-throw line was anything but free for the Horned Frogs Tuesday
night against the DePaul Blue Demons.
In a contest where TCU (6-10, 2-3 C-USA) visited the charity stripe
eight more times than DePaul, the Frogs failed to take advantage of
their opportunities, hitting on only 10 of their 20 attempts.
Its pretty frustrating, head coach Neil Dougherty
said. We have got to figure out a way to step up to the line
and make them.
Despite the Frogs shooting woes from the line, the two teams
were locked in a tight game from beginning to end. The Blue Demons
controlled the tempo of the game and the scoreboard all night, but
the Frogs were never able to cut the DePaul lead in the second half
to under 4 points, leading to a 61-54 defeat.
DePaul head coach Dave Leitao said he was happy with the pace of the
game, and his defense was the reason the Blue Demons were able to
I liked the pace of the game because when the pace of the game
slowed down, they couldnt get any spurts, Leitao said.
I was very happy with the pace of the game because our defense
DePauls freshman reserve forward Marcus Heard scored all 10
of his points in the second half, including two clutch 3-pointers,
and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 18 minutes of action. Last weeks
Conference USA Player of the Week Drake Diener led the Blue Demons
balanced offensive attack, scoring 12 points.
The Frogs troubles did not end at the free throw line, however.
The team also had a tough shooting night from behind the 3-point line.
Its a good thing we werent on TV tonight, huh?
Dougherty said. If youre looking for me to make a statement,
Im looking for someone who can teach shooting. I wish I could
shoot it for them.
With a great size advantage on their side, DePaul was able to confuse
the Frogs offense with a 2-3 zone all night, causing TCU to
rely on the 3-point shot too often. The Frogs were successful on only
eight of their 30 3-point attempts.
Junior guard Marcus Shropshire, who led the Frogs with 15 points,
said the team got numerous open looks but that they could not connect.
The main thing was that we just couldnt get the ball in
the hole, Shropshire said. Anytime you shoot 30 and only
make eight, its going to be tough.
Dougherty said with time and more experience against the 2-3 zone,
the Frogs will learn how to handle this defensive scheme that has
troubled them the last two games. He said by next season he expects
better shooting nights against the zone.
I hope in about another year or so we are laughing at people
when they are sitting in the zone, because youll have your whole
arsenal as to how to attack one properly, Dougherty said.
Junior guard Corey Santee turned in an all-around performance with
15 points, six assists and three steals.
Dougherty said the teams role players must start shooting the
ball better because it will benefit the entire team, in particular
the teams offensive leaders, Shropshire and Santee.
Nucleus Smith has got to start shooting the ball better and
(Aaron) Curtis because people are just going to tag-team Santee and
Shropshire, giving them more difficult looks.
forward Chudi Chinweze goes against DePaul forward Quemont Greer
in an effort to bring the Frogs back into Tuesdays game
at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU lost 61-54.
1 rebound, 2 assists
°Marcus Shropshire led all Horned Frogs in scoring with 15 points
Tuesday night in a 61-54 defeat to DePual. Shropshire was the only
consistent Frog from beyond the 3-point line, connecting on 5-of-12
attempts. Aside from his production from 3-point land, the rest
of the Frogs were a collective 3-of-18 from long distance.