The TCU men’s basketball team advanced to 9-8 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference after a 62-59 home-win over the Wyoming Cowboys on Tuesday night.
Good defense was crucial to the victory. The Horned Frogs earned 20 points off of turnovers alone.
Sophomore guard Ronnie Moss scored 6 points by the 15:08 mark, and the Frogs kept the lead throughout the first half.
Senior guard Edvinas Ruzgas racked up a number of points for TCU as well. He scored 12 points in the first half alone, and led the Frogs in points scored with 22 overall.
“All we did basically was just work on press offense,” Ruzgas said. “Everyone did a good job in taking over the basketball and it ended up being pretty good.”
Moss started the action of the second half sinking a three-pointer with 15:30 left on the clock.
From there it was neck and neck. The lead changed six times during the second half with 15 successful free throws made by Wyoming on 24 attempts.
Despite a few mistakes, the Frogs’ defense led them to a victory.
“Through all that we kept guarding them, gave ourselves a chance to win the game so at the end you make plays and you can win it,” said Head Coach Jim Christian. “Guys start cold a lot; a lot of teams start cold. Our problem in the past was we’d stop guarding, and tonight we didn’t.”
The Frogs face the San Diego State University Aztecs next on Jan. 16.
This game marked the 14th meeting between the Frogs and Cowboys. After Tuesday’s game, the Frogs are 6-1 against Wyoming on their home court, but have yet to beat Wyoming at Auditorium-Arena in Laramie.