They Did It Again!

It felt like Deja Vu as Frog fans rushed the court for the 2nd straight game as TCU knocked off its second straight ranked opponent. In front of an announced crowd of 6,460, Jim Christian's team pulled its 2nd straight upset.

There was no overtime needed this evening. TCU (17-11, 7-5) knocked off their second straight ranked team, but they did so comfortably on this evening.

Despite being tied at halftime, the Frogs were able to secure an 83-64 victory over 18th ranked New Mexico.

For the second time in 10 days, TCU students stormed the court after a victory.

For the second time in 10 days, point guard Hank Thorns was carried off the court for the second straight ballgame on the shoulders of his teammates.

Thorns scored 14 points while totaling 9 assists which put him past Jamie Dixon for 6th on the Frogs all-time assist list.

J.R. Cadot tallied his second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cadot was 6-10 from the floor.

Jim Christian knew it was the best game his team has played all season.

"To beat a great team like New Mexico, you have to play tough and smart, and I thought we played tough and smart for 40 minutes," Christian said.

"It is as hard as a team that I have been around has played in one particular night," Christian said. "I thought even when they made runs at us, we kept our composure. We kept making plays, and everyone that hit the floor today stepped in and made plays."

With 11 minutes to play, Amric Fields joined the party, scoring eight straight points to give TCU a 10 point lead.

Fields who was scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the game, hit three free throws, a three pointer from the corner, and threw down a slam to force a timeout from New Mexico head coach Steve Alford.

New Mexico would get no closer than eight from that point forward.

The Frogs piled on points in the end as Garlon Green and J.R. Cadot turned Daniel-Meyer Coliseum into a frenzy.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank our crowd," Christian said. "It gets loud in here when people come, and I'm hoping people will come. We have one more home game where we will say goodbye to three special seniors who have helped turn this program."

"I'm hoping we have a complete sellout for that San Diego State game," Christian finished.

Those "special" seniors were extraordinary tonight.

Craig Williams continued his hot three point shooting, hitting four more tonight.

"The key is to not let these wins get to our head now," J.R. Cadot said. "Just keep on doing what we're doing. Keep on playing collectively as a team."

As a senior, Cadot and Thorns are finally seeing the benefits of their hard work.

"In my life, I was always someone that was under the radar. Like TCU basketball, I never got credit," Cadot said. "I wanted to come in and put myself in a situation to prove all the doubters wrong."

Jim Christian said he thought his team was more prepared to beat a top-25 team after knocking off UNLV just 10 days earlier.

"I don't know if we had more of a blueprint tonight," Thorns said. "I just think it was passion, and heart, and determination...We were together from the get go."

The Frogs move to 7-5 in conference play, and TCU has not yet lost at home in conference play. Overall, the Frogs have won 8 in a row at home.

TCU will return to action Tuesday when they travel to Laramie, Wyoming.

After Wyoming, TCU will wrap up its regular season at home vs. San Diego State next Saturday.

Jim Christian told the radio announcers after the game that his team has come full circle.

That's true. And with that turn-around, Jim Christian may now be the front-runner for Mountain West Coach of the Year.


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