Texas Christian 80, New Mexico 59
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Saipele Tuialii and Malcolm Johnson scored 18 points apiece Saturday night as Texas Christian posted its first win over a Top 10 team in 14 years with an 80-59 win over No. 9 New Mexico.
The Horned Frogs (15-8, 4-6 Western Athletic Conference) had not beaten a Top 10 team since upsetting sixth-ranked Arkansas in March, 1983.
New Mexico (18-4, 7-3), playing its fourth game in eight days, appeared to tire late in the first half as TCU grabbed an 11-point halftime lead.
TCU’s win strengthened its grip on a berth in the WAC post-season tournament and improved its chances for a spot in the NCAAs. The Horned Frogs entered the game with a half-game lead over Texas-El Paso for the sixth and final tournament spot in the WAC’s Mountain Division.
TCU spoiled the homecoming of New Mexico guard Charles Smith, who was a high school star at Fort Worth Dunbar. Smith paced the Lobos with points 23 points and Clayton Shields added 17.
The Lobos got as close as 44-37 early in the second half on a dunk from Kenny Thomas. But the Horned Frogs broke the game open with a 16-0 spurt including 3-pointers from Tuialii and Mike Jones to build a 60-37 advantage with 12:59 to play.
The Horned Frogs went on to lead by as many as 31 points while the student section in the sellout crowd of 7,166 chanted, “Overrated, overrated″ at the Lobos’ bench.
TCU led 29-26 before closing the first half with an 11-3 run.