Tuffy Moss’ 3-point shot with two seconds left in the game was short and the TCU men’s basketball team’s upset bid was stymied against Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena late Tuesday night.
TCU took an eight-point lead – their largest of the game – with 3:49 remaining after Edvinas Ruzgas nailed a 3-point shot from the baseline and was fouled. He missed the free throw but Kevin Butler came down with the rebound and a few passes later Tuffy Moss drained a 3 from the top of the arc to silence the 5,622 fans in attendance at the Sun Devils’ home arena.
“We just got kind of careless with the ball,” Christian said. “And they took advantage of it. You can’t give a good team like that opportunities like that.”
The Frogs were seconds away from the program’s biggest win in years, especially under Christian, who’s in his second year. “Every time you go on the road it’s going to be tough,” he said. “You’re battling a lot of things but you have to find ways to win the game. We had our chances and we just didn’t find a way to win the game.”
The Sun Devils (3-0) advance to the National Invitational Tip-Off semifinals in New York City next Wednesday. The Horned Frogs (2-1) are left to ponder the eight-point lead they let slip away the final 3 minutes.