The Horned Frogs‘ streak of six consecutive home wins ended Wednesday night after its leading scorer went down with a leg injury in the first half of the game.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which is tied with Brigham Young University for the Mountain West Conference lead, beat TCU 70-58 in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Frogs had not dropped a game at home since it played the University of Oklahoma on Dec. 2.
The Frogs entered the game with a 10-1 record at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and a chance to tie the conference lead with a win and a BYU loss.
Junior Henry Salter, who was averaging 14.9 points a game, failed to score against the Rebels, leaving the game within the first two minutes after landing on another player and hurting his leg.
The game started off slowly with only two points scored in the first three minutes.
The score stayed close in the beginning with the Rebels holding a slight lead.
It wasn’t until late in the first quarter that TCU lost its momentum and was unable to recapture it for the remainder of the game.
Getting Salter out of the locker room and having fewer team turnovers would have helped TCU’s performance, said head coach Neil Dougherty.
“Early on in the game we were moving the ball just too quickly,” Dougherty said.
“I really haven’t done well against UNLV through my career, so I just wanted to play good against them,” Hackett said.
Both teams were perfect from the free throw line, something Dougherty said he has never coached before.
TCU was 15-15 from the line while UNLV was 7-7.
The score was tied five times during the game, while the lead only changed once when junior Wink Adams of UNLV put the Frogs away.
Adams contributed 25 of the Rebels 70 points, 18 of which were earned in the second half.
Adams was 5 of 10 from the 3-point line and shot 8 of 17 for field goals.
“Wink did a really good job,” Dougherty said. “Every time we got within striking distance he made a big shot. That’s what he’s always done for them forever. He’s always made big, big shots,” Dougherty said.
“We’ve just got to figure some things out in order to win these kinds of games, like how to win with or without a key player,” Dougherty said.