While it wasn’t a 153-point performance like their last game against the UT-Pan American Broncs during the 1997 season, the Frogs won at home Wednesday night to creep above .500 heading into the meat of their conference schedule.
A 70-58 victory saw the ball shared quite a bit, with eight TCU players scoring at least five points as the Frogs improved to 10-9 and the Broncs dropped to 3-17.
Three Horned Frog players scored in double figures during the night, with sophomore guard Ronnie Moss and senior forward Zvonko Buljan tallying double-doubles.
Horned Frog head coach Jim Christian downplayed the double-doubles after the game and said he’s more focused on getting the team to play more consistently and better off the bench.
“It’s not really double-doubles, it’s about solid play,” Christian said. “That’s been a struggle (for us).”
Christian also said that motivating the team toward more consistent play is tough.
“The hardest part of this whole thing has been getting those guys who’ve never won to believe they can win,” he said. “If I could bottle that then I wouldn’t have to (coach). I could write a book about it and make millions and that would be fine.”
Moss, the Mountain West’s current assist leader, added 11 helpers as the Frogs dominated with 36 points in the paint compared to 18 for the Broncs. Moss also dropped in 15 points.
Moss said the non-conference game, sandwiched in the middle of the team’s conference slate, served as a good practice run for Saturday’s home game against UNLV.
“It’s about getting closer to your teammates and learning how to play with them,” Moss said.
Buljan had a good night with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He averaged 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a game coming into the contest.
Freshman forward Nikola Cerina scored 13 points for the Frogs and added rebounds in a game that saw the Frogs open up a two-point lead midway through the first quarter into a final margin of victory of 12.
TCU’s bench scored 22 during the game compared to 11 for UT-Pan American.