Horned Frogs to face conference cellar-dweller

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    Patience is a virtue the men’s basketball team is having a difficult time achieving.

    Coming off consecutive road losses to Wyoming and New Mexico, the Horned Frogs have a chance to mend their wounds Wednesday night against the Colorado State Rams.

    Junior guard Henry Salter said the team has been impatient the past few games.

    “We’ve been making bad decisions and rushing shots,” Salter said. “And I think the key is to be patient.”

    TCU beat Colorado State 70-58 at the Moby Arena in Fort Collins on Jan. 19 winning its only road game this season.

    Senior Neiman Owens said a win against Colorado State would get the team back on the right track.

    “The team needs to maintain its focus and have a solid game,” Owens said.

    TCU is 11-3 at home but is 1-10 in road contests.

    Owens said there isn’t anything the team can do on the road other than get prepared mentally.

    “It’s a mental thing,” Owens said. “We’ve just got to get it right.”

    Most of the away games are winnable, junior forward Kevin Langford said. He said the team just needs to make better decisions.

    “We need to take care of the ball,” Langford said.

    The Horned Frogs have a 7-4 alltime record against the Rams, which are winless in the Mountain West and carry a 16-8 record overall.

    When the teams met earlier this season, junior guard Marcus Walker kept the Rams in the game by scoring 25 points and connecting on all 10 of his free throw attempts.

    Salter led TCU scoring 14 points – hitting four from the three-point line.

    In the first meeting, the Horned Frogs and the Rams each had a foul-plagued half.

    The first half belonged to CSU which connected on 15 of 17 free throws, compared to TCU’s two of three. In the second half, the Horned Frogs attempted 19 frees, hitting 15 of them while the Rams made four of six.

    TCU took control of the game in the second half after being down one point at the start. The Horned Frogs outscored CSU 39-26 in the half, holding the Rams to 35 percent shooting in the game.

    The Horned Frogs have five remaining games in the regular season and need to win four to finish .500 in conference play.

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