Frogs’ 10-4 start fizzles; six losses even record

After five straight losses, the Horned Frogs frustrations continued mounting as TCU dropped its sixth straight conference game.The quick-strike offense and athleticism of the San Diego State Aztecs kept the Frogs at bay for all 40 minutes, ending in a 76-71 final score.

From the field, senior guard Brandon Heath was like the plague against the Frogs as he made 22 points on the night, putting the Frogs in a deficit that was impossible to overcome.

The joint effort Aztecs sophomore forward Lorenzo Wade and senior forward Mohamed Abukar put a hurting on the Frogs as the big men combined for 36 points.

The silver lining for the Frogs came from admirable performances by junior shooting guard Neiman Owens and junior point guard Ryan Wall.

Wall was nearly untouchable from beyond the perimeter as he helped break the Frogs shooting slump by making 75 percent of his 3-pointers. Owens and Wall both had 16 points.

Helping out under the rim was sophomore forward Kevin Langford who had nine rebounds as well as 12 points.

Though Owens eclipsed his career high in points, the valiant effort still led to a loss.

The Frogs’ fouls on the Aztecs ended up putting San Diego State on the free-throw line where the sharp-shooting Aztecs converted 14 of their 18 shots from the charity line.

The next game is at 7 p.m. Saturday as the Frogs will look for redemption in the second half of conference play against the Utah Utes.

The last time the two teams faced off was on Jan. 6 in Salt Lake City when the Frogs won 71-68.