Texas Tech-TCU: Horned Frogs Stop Red Raiders Home Winning Streak

Andrew GloverCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2009

Edvinas Ruzgas had 24 points to lead the TCU Horned Frogs to an 85-80 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock.

The Horned Frogs (10-5) have won three straight and their second consecutive game against a Big 12 team. They won 62-46 at Colorado on Dec. 3.

TCU shot 49 percent from the field, 47 percent from the three-point line, and 83 percent from the free throw line. The Horned Frogs forced 16 turnovers against the Red Raiders.

Ruzgas led the Horned Frogs in scoring with 24 points. Ronnie Moss contributed 15 and Kevin Langford had 15.

Jason Ebie led the team in assists with four, and Langford, Keion Mitchem, and Moss each had three.

Zvonko Buljan led the team in rebounds with 12, and Langford and Ruzgas each had seven.

The Red Raiders (10-5) lost their first home game this season after winning the first nine. It was Tech’s first loss at home since losing 86-73 against Baylor on Mar. 8.

It was the Red Raiders’ first home non-conference game loss since losing 74-66 against UNLV in 2006, which was former coach Bob Knight’s first attempt at breaking Dean Smith’s record for career wins.

Tech shot 42 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point line. The Red Raiders were exceptional at the free throw line, making 24-of-26.

Alan Voskuil and Mike Singletary led the Red Raiders in scoring with 22 points each. Nick Okorie and John Roberson also finished with double figures, with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Voskuil led the Red Raiders in assists with five. Robert Lewandowski and Singletary led the team in rebounds with nine each.

The game started back in forth in the first half, with TCU leading 8-6 with 17:05 remaining in the first half. Over the next two minutes, the Red Raiders went on an 8-0 run. Voskuil hit two three-pointers and Singletary made a layup.

The Red Raiders led by as many as seven in the first half, leading 21-14 with 11:49 remaining. The Horned Frogs took off on a 17-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 31-23 lead. Moss scored seven points during the run.

Tech would get the Horned Frogs lead down to three with Darko Cohadarevic scoring a three-point play and Singletary hitting two free throws. TCU lead 39-34 at halftime.

The Red Raiders made two quick shots in the second half to cut TCU’s lead to 39-38, but that was as close as they would get.

The Horned Frogs went on a 21-6 run to take a 60-44 lead with 11:37 left in the second half. Ruzgas and Moss combined for 14 of the 21 points scored.

The Red Raiders would make one final run to get them back in the game. Over the next five minutes, Tech went on a 16-4 run, cutting the Horned Frogs lead to 64-60.

Tech will travel to No. 23 Baylor (12-2) on Saturday to open their Big 12 season. TCU will host the conference-leading UNLV Rebels (13-2) on Saturday.