TCU men’s basketball can’t snap their losing streak

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    TCU dropped its eighth-straight game to Wyoming Saturday, 77-67, at the Cowboys’ Arena-Auditorium.

    The loss dropped the Frogs to 10-16 overall this season and 1-10 in Mountain West Conference play. Wyoming improved to 9-16 overall and 2-9 in the MWC while ending an eight-game losing streak.

    Junior forward J.R. Cadot led the Frogs with 16 points, his top scoring total in conference play this season. He went 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

    Sophomore forward Garlon Green scored 12 points while adding a team-high seven rebounds, while senior guard Greg Hill also recorded 12 points for his third straight double-figure performance. Hill went 9-of-10 on free throws to help TCU post a 22-for-27 effort at the line.

    The two teams combined for 37 turnovers, including 18 by the Frogs. TCU made only 27 percent of its field goals in the first half before turning its shooting fortunes around after halftime. The Frogs shot nearly 54 percent after intermission, but the Cowboys matched the squad while outscoring TCU 45-41 in the second half.

    Forward Amath M’Baye scored a game-high 21 points to lead Wyoming. Sophomore guard Desmar Jackson, who entered the contest ranked No. 4 in the MWC in scoring average, notched a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior guard Francisco Cruz added 12 points.

    The Cowboys had one of their top games of the season from behind the arc despite entering the contest ranked next-to-last in the NCAA in 3-point field-goal percentage. The squad made 9-of-25 attempts Saturday against the Frogs, including three each by Jackson and sophomore forward Daylen Harrison. Wyoming’s five treys in the first half were more than the team had made in an entire game since Jan. 8.

    While the Frogs struggled with their shot, Wyoming gave away seven turnovers in the first nine minutes. The Cowboys eventually turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point advantage with a 13-0 run midway through the half, as a Cruz jumper put the squad up 20-9 with 8:38 remaining.

    TCU regrouped by finding its way to the free-throw line late in the stanza. The Frogs went 8-of-8 at the stripe in the final four-plus minutes to climb back within three points. Two shots by Hill with 1:33 left brought TCU to within 29-26, but a trey in the final seconds of the period by Harrison gave the Cowboys a six-point edge at the break.

    The Frogs cut the deficit as low as one point midway through the second half, but the squad was never able to pass up the Cowboys. A 15-4 Wyoming run took the lead back to double digits inside the final three minutes, and TCU was unable to climb closer than eight points the remainder of the contest.

    Up Next

    TCU continues its MWC schedule Wednesday, when it kicks off a two-game homestand against Colorado State at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised live by The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.).

    Notes

    TCU dropped to 10-16 overall and 1-10 in Mountain West Conference action.

    The loss snapped a three-game TCU winning streak against the Cowboys.

    Hank Thorns moved into 10th place on TCU’s single season assist records by posting three helpers Saturday. He now has 160 assists this season.

    TCU’s 18 turnovers marked the squad’s third-highest total this season.

    Wyoming made nine treys Saturday to run the 3-point shooting total against the Frogs in the last two games to 20-of-42 (47.6 percent).