Horned Frog basketball looks to rebound record

Horned Frog basketball looks to rebound record

The Frogs (10-9, 2-5 conference) will try to erase their five-game Mountain West Conference losing streak tonight against the San Diego State Aztecs (14-7, 3-4 conference).The losing streak has been impacted by an ongoing struggle on offense as the Frogs continue to have woes making their shots, sophomore forward Kevin Langford said.

“We have been struggling on offense but playing good defense,” Langford said. “But good defense can only last so long.”

The Aztecs were projected to be at the top of the conference this season, but three losses have them playing wounded, said head coach Neil Dougherty.

“They are the most athletic in the conference and they have the returning Mountain West Conference player of the year,” Dougherty said.

Adjustments have been made by the Frogs, Langford said.

“We have been working at trying to get better movement with and without the ball,” Langford said. “We are trying to knock down shots, but we have been in a shooting slump.”

During this five game slide, the Frogs have had their share of woes while shooting from the field. The poor shooting has led to a less than stellar 35.76 field goal percentage. Dougherty said the players can remedy these struggles if they get more relaxed while on the court.

“You play hard, but you play harder when you’re scoring,” Dougherty said. “If we get more relaxed we can make positive plays on the offensive side of the ball.”

Some of the problems have been blamed on an unhealthy team with some players not at 100 percent, Dougherty said.

“If we get some people healthy and fine tune some things then maybe we can open up for better shots,” Dougherty said.

Last weekend while on the road the Frogs let go of a halftime lead against the Wyoming Cowboys which led to a 71-56 loss.

Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game will be the first of a two game home stand and will mark the end of the first half of conference play.