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Men’s basketball suffer defeat by Utes, 64-55

The Horned Frogs’ three-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. After a hard-fought game Wednesday, the night ended with the Frogs losing to the Utah Utes (11-12, 4-5) 64-55 in front of 4,414 enthusiastic TCU fans. The loss moves the Frogs’ record to 11-14 and to 3-7 in conference, keeping them near the bottom of the Mountain West Conference standings.

The lone bright spot for the Frogs was freshman forward Nikola Cerina.

Cerina scored 21 points and had three blocked shots in 28 minutes of play. He scored the first 11 points of the game. He credited his hot start to open looks and to his teammates creating opportunities for him.

“It was a lot of open shots so it wasn’t that hard to score, and my teammates made some good plays in the first half that gave me a lot of wide open shots,” Cerina said.

The Frogs must regroup quickly for their Saturday trip to Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo. to take on the Wyoming Cowboys (9-15, 2-5). Wyoming heads into the game on a four-game losing streak after its most recent lost to San Diego State on Wednesday 88-57.

Head coach Jim Christian said the players must put their latest loss behind them.

“We’ve got to get ready to play, and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Christian said. “We’ve got to watch the tape and get better, and we’ve got to figure out what we have to do to improve, and hopefully will get ready to play better on Saturday.”

While the Cowboys have not won a road game this year, they have posted a winning record at home (8-7) and will turn to sophomore guard/forward Adam Muojeke, the team’s leading scorer with an average of 16.8 points per game.

They will also look for help from sophomore center Adam Waddell who is the second leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game. He is also first in rebounds with an average of 6.3 per game. The Cowboys will depend on Muojeke and Waddell to try to post another win at home and move into a tie with TCU for eighth place in MWC standings.

The last time the two teams meet was Jan. 12 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and the Horned Frogs won a close one, 62-59. The Frogs will look to come away from Laramie with another victory and sweep the season’s series between the schools.

TCU at Wyoming

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Laramie, Wyo.

The action can be followed on The Mtn.

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