Ahelegbe leads UNI past TCU 64-60
Published: Monday, December 6, 2010
Updated: Monday, December 6, 2010 14:12
The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team was able to defeat Texas Christian University 64-60 on Saturday afternoon behind senior point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe's 25-point performance.
UNI (4-2) handed TCU (6-3) their first home loss of the year. The Horned Frogs were 5-0 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum before their loss to the Panthers. The victory is UNI's first road win of the season.
Ahelegbe was 8-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Coming into the game, Ahelegbe had made just 1-of-18 from three-point land this season. Junior guard Johnny Moran was the only other Panther to reach double figures as he chipped in with 10 points.
Sophomore forward Jake Koch scored eight points and collected nine rebounds to lead the Panthers in that category. Senior forward Lucas O'Rear grabbed five boards to go along with his nine points.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 9-2 lead at the 14:28 mark in the first half, with Ahelegbe scoring UNI's first seven points of the game. The Horned Frogs clawed their way back into the game and took their first lead at the 6:05 mark, 19-17. However, UNI would respond with another 9-2 run to take a 26-21 lead with 1:44 left in the first half. The Panthers held a 28-26 lead at the intermission.
TCU would take their largest lead of the game at 44-40 with 10:26 left in the second half. However, on back-to-back possessions, O'Rear scored a conventional three-point play and another where he scored a basket and was fouled that allowed the Panthers to retake the lead at 45-44.
The Horned Frogs responded with a shot in the lane to retake the lead. However, that would be the final lead for TCU as Ahelegbe nailed his third three-pointer of the contest to give UNI a 48-46 lead with 8:54 remaining in the game.
TCU would tie the game for the ninth and final time at 56-56 after a pair of free throws with 3:23 left. Koch would score the next four points in the game to give the Panthers a four-point lead down the stretch.
The Horned Frogs had one final chance to tie the game with 30 seconds remaining but a three-pointer from Ronnie Moss was off the mark and the Panthers were able to salt the game away at the free throw line to secure a four-point triumph.
UNI returns to action on Tuesday night when they take on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (4-4) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.