Men’s basketball needs to keep consistency against the Cougars

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    After losing at home to New Mexico, the Frogs go back on the road to face another conference opponent, the Brigham Young Cougars.

    The men’s basketball team’s 73-57 loss Saturday to the Lobos revealed a series of holes on offense and defense, said head coach Jim Christian.

    “It’s hard to find solid play off the bench on either end of the floor,” he said. “It’s hard to score, and it’s hard to stop people, so we can’t rest guys.”

    Christian said his team is struggling to find its consistency throughout the game.

    “We’ve just got to learn to play for 40 minutes,” he said. “We’ve not been playing solid basketball for 40 minutes.”

    Christian said the team has made similar mistakes all season, but has not been able to improve them.

    “We’re not playing well,” he said. “We’re not learning from the same mistakes we’re making.”

    He said the team could improve on everything, but specifically rebounding, blocking out, 3-point shooting and overall communication on defense.

    The contest against the Cougars, now 6-1 in the Mountain West, is expected to pose a challenge for the Frogs, who are 2-5 in conference.

    After their 82-69 win against Utah, the Cougars hold an 18-game home winning streak, the seventh longest in the nation.

    The Cougars, also know something about three-point shooting.

    According to the Mountain West Conference’s Web site, four of the Cougars’ top six players shoot better than 38 percent from the three-point line.

    BYU’s junior guard Jimmer Fredette, Mountain West Conference player of the week in basketball, shoots more than 48 percent from the three and is averaging 21.2 points and five assists per game.

    TCU guard, sophomore Ronnie Moss, who had a career-high 30 points in the most recent game against New Mexico, also said that the team needs to play with more consistency. He said it needs to cut down on turnovers, especially since the team allowed 19 points off of turnovers against New Mexico.

    Moss said he has not gotten used to losing, either.

    “It’s not easy to take at all,” Moss said. “Every game we lose is frustrating, especially if you’re a competitor.”

    The team is competitive, but young and still learning, Moss said.

    “We’ve got to stop making mental mistakes, and we’ll be fine,” he said. “We’re not going to quit at all.”

    The Frogs have three freshmen playing more than 12 minutes per game, but Christian said youth is no excuse.

    “We’ve played 22 games,” he said. “I don’t consider anyone a young player at this point.”

    TCU vs. BYU

    When: 8 p.m. tonight

    Where: Provo, Utah

    The game is scheduled to be broadcast on The Mtn. and KTCU FM 88.7 “The Choice.”

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