Samuel’s strong day goes to waste as men’s basketball outmatched by Xavier


By Colin Post

The Frogs shot just over 30 percent as a team in the loss to the Musketeers. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

Despite center Kevin Samuel’s seventh double-double of the season, TCU men’s basketball was outmatched by Xavier on Sunday, falling 67-59 to the Musketeers at home.

Samuel finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the loss.

Things did not start well for the Horned Frogs. Xavier made seven of their first 11 shots, jumping out to a 15-4 lead just six minutes into the game.

This set a precedent for the rest of the half, as the closest TCU would get was seven from there.

The Frogs shot just 29.6 percent from the floor as a team in the first 20 minutes, while the Musketeers shot 59.3 percent during that time.

TCU trailed 38-27 at the halftime break. A lone bright spot for the Frogs in the first half was Samuel, who recorded nine points on 3-for-3 shooting to go with four boards.

Things only got worse for TCU in the second half. Xavier came out of the locker room out strong, spouting off on an 8-0 run to take full control.

The Musketeers hit a layup to go up 61-39 with 7:14 left in the game, grabbing their biggest lead of the afternoon and all but sealing a loss for the Frogs.

TCU would find some life, ending the game on a 20-6 run. This sequence included four made three-pointers by the Frogs.

Nevertheless, this offensive production would prove to come too late for TCU, and they dropped to 8-3 on the season.

Guard Desmond Bane finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in the loss. Senior Edric Dennis added 12 points of his own.

Up next, the Frogs will face George Mason at home in their final non-conference game of the season. Tipoff in Schollmaier Arena is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.