Men’s Basketball wins by 18 over Cincinnati

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A must win in the mind of head coach, Jamie Dixon after a heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech on the road on Tuesday.  In a well executed offensive performance, the Frogs get the 75-57 win to split with the Bearcats on the season after a 81-77 overtime loss earlier in the season.

A big defensive night for Dixon’s team holding the Bearcats to 41% and winning the rebounding battle, 33-32.  The Frogs got to the line 15 times and made 14 of those free throws which was a big emphasis after the Texas Tech loss.

Emanuel Miller and Jakobe Coles led in scoring for the afternoon with 18 a piece.

TCU (19-8, 8-6) broke out with 25 fast break points to 4 from Cincinnati (16-11, 5-9).  The Frogs stormed out to an 8 point lead in the first minute of play, lead at halftime 39-32 and only allowed 25 points in the second half.

It was a very physical game for the Horned Frogs and it showed in every category of the game.  Bearcats head coach, Wes Miller said, “You look down and 33-32, but I felt we got out-rebounded by 55.”  Miller also mentioned that TCU punished them for their mistakes.

After giving up a 10 point lead down the stretch at Texas Tech, the response tonight with the big lead was much better.  The Frogs were unselfish, making the right plays to finish off the game, used the clock, and most of all forced tough shots.

The last 4 games, there has been a significant improvement defensively but do need to not foul as much.  Against Texas Tech, the Frogs gave away 50 points in the paint and today, only 28.  The goal is 5 lay-ups a game equating to 10 or so points.

Closing out games has been a struggle for TCU earlier in the season and today that was not the case as it was a major emphasis going into this game.

Four games left with 2 on the road and a short turn around as the Frogs play host to Baylor on Monday night.

Jamie Dixon

Jakobe Coles, Emanuel Miller, & Essam Mostafa

Wes Miller and John Newman III

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