One of the leading scorers for the men’s basketball game was suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team,” head coach Neil Dougherty said.
Junior guard Henry Salter, who averages 13.3 points per game, missed Wednesday’s game against the University of Utah, which the Horned Frogs won 67-61.
Dougherty said playing time for the guard position will depend on the which team the Horned Frogs are playing and how his players are performing.
“We had some people step up in effort even when it wasn’t a skill thing,” Dougherty said. “I think the sentiment of our team is we can still do this.”
Starting in place of Salter was senior guard Ryan Wall who averages 4.1 points a game in 8.9 minutes of work this season.
Wall scored seven points in 21 minutes of play Wednesday night.
Sophomore guard Keion Mitchem said Wall gave the team quality minutes in place of Salter. He said the team’s guards need to play harder to supplement Salter’s absence.
Senior guard Brent Hackett responded to the need for scoring and intensity, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-10 shooting.
“We lost Henry so that was going to be at least 15 points,” Hackett said.
He said the team stepped up in Parker’s absence and played as a unit.
Senior guard Neiman Owens and Mitchem also helped fill Salter’s absence, playing a combined 29 minutes but only scoring two points a piece.
Salter sprained his right ankle against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Jan. 30 within the first two minutes of the game and missed the following two games – the only others he has missed this season.
TCU lost both games Salter missed with injury and with yesterday’s win is 1-2 without him in 2008.
This is Salter’s first season with TCU after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast College.