Oregon State Ends TCU Basketball's Season

TCU finished an up-and-down 18-15 season. Senior Hank Thorns, J.R. Cadot, Craig Williams, and Cheick Kone finished their TCU careers Monday night in Corvallis.

The book closed on the season for the TCU (18-15) basketball team who fell 101-81 on Monday night in Corvallis, Oregon, to Oregon State University (21-14).

This season gave TCU basketball fans some hope. Big wins over UNLV, Virginia, and New Mexico highlighted a season that saw the Frogs earn a postseason berth for the first time since 2004-2005.

Four seniors helped TCU and Jim Christian lay a solid foundation for a growing program.

But on Monday night, TCU head coach Jim Christian did not coach the Horned Frogs Monday night in Corvallis, Oregon as the Frogs head man had to stay behind due to a family emergency.

With him in Fort Worth, stayed TCU's defense.

Oregon State wasted no time asserting their offense on Monday night. The Beavers began the game on a 6-0 run and never looked back.

Devon Collier led the Beavers to a 54-34 halftime lead. Collier was joined in double figures by Jared Cunningham who scored 10 in the first twenty minutes.

In just eight minutes, Angus Brandt scored 9 points for Oregon State in the first half as well.

The Beavers shot the ball at a 68.8 percent clip in the first half while TCU struggled from the field shooting just 30 percent in the first 20 minutes.

TCU attempted 18 three pointers in the first half, and they connected on just six of them. Meanwhile, Oregon State made their living in the paint, scoring 30 points in the paint in the first half.

Garlon Green led the Frogs in scoring in the first half, but TCU was not able to get enough defensive stops to slow down the Beaver attack in the first half.

Perhaps still battling bruised ribs, senior point guard Hank Thorns had three turnovers in the first half.

Thorns was injured before the Milwaukee ball game when he fell on his tub while sleep walking.

TCU head coach Bill Wuczynski said at the half that his team had been out-muscled and out-run in the first half. Oregon State built an 11-2 lead on fast break points in the first half while TCU struggled to keep up with their half-court offense.

Devon Collier opened the scoring for the Beavers in the second half as well with a nice hook shot over Amric Fields.

Meanwhile, Jared Cunningham also picked up where he left off with a drivin layup past Hank Thorns to put Oregon State up 21 early in the second half.

With 16:39 to play, Amric Fields committed his 4th foul, and the Mountain West Conference 6th man of the year was never able to get going.

Just like the first half, Oregon State started 4-6 from the floor in the second half.

The two bright spots for the Frogs on the night were Garlon Green and Kyan Anderson who tried to cut into the Beaver lead in the second half.

After a Kyan Anderson three pointer, TCU had the Beaver lead cut to 13, but defensive inconsistency pushed the lead back to 18 for Oregon State with 7:46 to play.

13 was as close as TCU would get.

Despite playing even with Oregon State in the second half (48-47), TCU had dug too large of a hole in the first half.

Oregon State hit the century mark for the 4th time of their season. The Beavers also hung 100 on Stanford, Oregon, and Portland State.

J.R. Cadot and Hank Thorns put the final touch on their TCU careers.

Thorns finished with 11 points, and Cadot finished his career with a typical Cadot line of 15 points and 8 rebounds.

Garlon Green, who will need to step up next season for TCU in their fist one of the Big 12, finished with 21 points on 7-12 shooting.

Freshman Kyan Anderson chipped in 16 points with 5 steals.

The extended postseason will help the Frogs. Freshmen like Kyan Anderson will benefit from the additional practice.

It must have been difficult for head coach Jim Christian to watch at home tonight. But on this night, the Frogs simply ran into a hot shooting team.

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