Frogs push home winning streak to 6

FORT WORTH--Jim Christian said after the loss at SMU that the injury to Craig Williams was crucial because the Frogs depend on his contribution.

Williams proved his coach exactly right on Saturday night. In TCU's (14-10, 4-4) 75-71 win over Colorado State, Williams scored 20 points while grabbing five boards. From behind the three point arc, Williams was 4-5 on the evening. Through the first 23 games of the season, Williams was just 4-22 from behind the three point arc.

With 36 seconds to play, TCU held a 71-69 play. As the shot clock winded down, Kyan Anderson had an open shot from just inside the three point arc. The freshman pulled the ball back out, and TCU turned the ball over on a shot clock violation. "He's a freshman," Jim Christian said.

On the next possession, Anderson made his biggest play of the game. Wes Eikmeier who led Colorado State with 26 points had his dribble stolen by Anderson. Eikmeier then fouled Anderson who put TCU up four.

Two more free throws by Hank Thorns eight seconds later salted the game away for TCU who played in front of a crowd 4,822 tonight at Daniel Meyer Coliseum.

"Anderson just made a freshman mistake. He wasn't aware of how much time was left on the clock," Christian said. "But then he made a huge play right after that."

"I thought this was the best floor game that Kyan has played all season," Christian continued. "He had eight assists and got the ball to the right guys all the time. Between Kyan and Hank, we had 14 assists. I thought both of them played really really well.

Colorado State actually outshot the Frogs tonight. The Rams shot 52.9 percent compared to 47.2 percent for the Frogs.

Also in double figures tonight for TCU was Hank Thorns (15), J.R. Cadot (14), and Garlon Green (10).

Christian said one of the players of the game tonight for TCU, however, was junior Connell Crossland.

Crossland scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in 15 minutes of action. Christian inserted Crossland in the starting lineup for the second half after he was upset with the way his team rebounded at the end of the first half.

"Connell was huge. I put him in the lineup in the second half. I was disappointed that we didn't rebound the ball in the first half. We couldn't keep getting outrebounded," Christian said. "Then in the second half in the first five minutes, we outrebounded them 8-1."

Craig Williams said he played tonight at just over 80 percent. It appeared as if Williams had reinjured his tailbone when attempting to take a charge in the second half.

"I was really upset that I didn't get to play against SMU because that is a team that we should have beaten," Williams said. "That charge I took didn't help either. I will feel that in the morning."

TCU outscored Colorado State 42-33 in the second half. The Frogs had trailed by just five at halftime after Colorado State led by ten points with 3:10 left in the first half. TCU has now won 6 games in a row at home. They are now 11-2 in games decided by six points or less, setting a school record for wins by six or fewer.

Also of note on the evening, Amric Fields played just ten minutes for TCU. All of those minutes came in the first half.

Jim Christian was not happy with a play at the end of the first half where Fields was outmuscled for a rebound which gave the Rams a put back as time expired.

The win avenged the Frogs double overtime loss in Fort Collins which started TCU's conference slate.

Both teams now sit at 4-4 on the season, and the Frogs will hold the tiebreaker over Colorado State for seeding in the Mountain West Conference tournament.

TCU returns to action this Tuesday at Daniel Meyer Coliseum when UNLV comes to Fort Worth. The Frogs can push their Mountain West record to over .500 for the first time in conference play with a win.

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