It had been three years since TCU beat rival SMU in basketball; tonight it only took a great defensive effort, solid play from some newcomers, and a first year head coach.
The Frogs got 13 points from junior college transfer Edvinas Ruzgas and 12 points from freshman Ronnie Moss, to beat the SMU Mustangs, 62-44.
The 44 points allowed by TCU, was a season low. The Horned Frogs forced 21 turnovers and allowed SMU to shoot only 15% from three-point land in the contest.
TCU jumped out to an early 21-11 lead off of a tip in dunk by freshman Kevin Butler. The Frogs were seriously never challenged after this point. SMU was able to cut it to 42-37, but TCU went on a 20-7 run to end the game, to make this an easy win down the stretch.
Senior Kevin Langford, playing in his last game against SMU, scored only 9 points. Langford was in foul trouble most of the first half.
"I saw our young guys grow up a lot tonight, make some big, big plays," TCU coach Jim Christian said. "Kevin picked up two early fouls, and to do it without him helped everybody gain more confidence.",/p>
One freshman who grew up mightily was guard Ronnie Moss. The hometown hero went 5-5 from the field for 12 points and 2 assists.
"I think he did a really good job tonight. He ran the team well when he was running them. He went to the basket when he could. He played under control. He is really growing up," said Christian.
TCU forward Edvinas Ruzgas started the year hot, scoring double-digits in his first three games. The three-point specialist had been cold from the field, but late in the second half knocked down two threes in a row.
"It's been a little harder because everyone tries to face guard me the whole game, but I still try to move without the ball well so I can get my shot off," said Ruzgas. "Coach Christian has said be confident in what I'm doing and when I'm open shoot it."
SMU junior college transfer Derek Williams led the Mustangs with 16 points. Senior center Bamba Fall had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
Freshman star guard Paul McCoy struggled during the night, committing 5 turnovers and going 3-9 from the field, he finished the night with eight points. He also had four assist and four steals.
The Frogs record is now 3-3 on the season while the SMU Mustangs fell to 2-3 tonight.
The Mustangs will be off for the holidays and will be back in action December 5th when SMU host Texas A&M International.