Frogs beat Demons 96-79 Tuesday

TCU continued its home success last Tuesday with a 96-79 victory over the Northwestern State Demons at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs improved to 8-4 overall and 6-1 at home this season. Northwestern saw its five-game winning streak come to an end, as it dropped to 8-4 overall.

Moss and Green led a strong second-half TCU scoring surge, as the squad pulled away after halftime with 56 points in the final frame. The Frogs ended the game shooting a sizzling 57.1 percent from the field, marking the fifth time in seven home games that TCU has topped 50 percent shooting.

Moss scored a game- and season-high 22 points. He went a career-best 11-of-11 at the free-throw line, tying the third-best individual performance at the stripe in school history. Overall, TCU made 25-of-32 free-throw attempts, setting season highs in both categories.

Green added a career-best 21 points for his first career 20-point effort. He went 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-10 at the line while pulling down seven rebounds. Green totaled 17 points in the second half alone.

Junior guard J.R. Cadot also continued to thrive at the DMC, tying his career high with 15 points on a perfect 6-of-6 effort from the floor. Cadot has now made 21 straight field-goal attempts at home dating back to the Nov. 27 win over Houston. He added four assists and a team-best three steals Tuesday.

Also reaching double figures for TCU was junior guard Hank Thorns, who totaled 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting in only 12 minutes before leaving with an injury in the first half. Senior forward Nikola Gacesa pulled in a season-high eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Four Demons scored double-digits, including forward Will Pratt and guard Louis Ellis, who recorded 19 and 18 points, respectively. Guards Shamir Davis and Devon Baker chipped in 15 and 10 points. Junior center William Mosley, the nation’s leader in blocked shots entering Tuesday’s game with a 4.5-block average, was held to two swats, six points and three boards against the Frogs.

TCU led by seven points at the break before coming out with an attacking midset in the second half. The squad, which had only one first-half attempt from the line, went 24-of-31 in the second period, including 11-of-11 by Moss. The Frogs also dominated the glass following intermission by a 24-7 margin and finished the game winning the rebounding battle for the sixth time in the last seven games.

TCU outscored the Demons 37-19 in the first 11 minutes of the second half while moving out to a game-high 25-point lead. Green led the Frogs with 10 points during the stretch.

The Frogs struggled to find their footing early during a back-and-forth first half. NSU posted a 19-14 lead on the strength of an 8-3 run ending at the 13:51 mark, but Thorns helped TCU respond in a big way. The Frogs scored 16 of the game’s next 20 points, including seven by Thorns on a pair of layups and a trey.

The Frogs held the Demons to only two field goals over a period of 11-plus minutes midway through the opening half. The squad built an 11-point lead on a 3-pointer at the top of the key from freshman forward Amric Fields with 3:11 remaining in the opening frame.