Despite making a brief run at a comeback, the Illinois State University men's basketball team was unable to hold and fell at Texas Christian University in its first true road game of the season.
"Disappointed in some of our efforts. Their physicality inside bother us, our rebounding," ISU head coach Dan Muller said.
"Our lack of ball care really hurt us. We just are not good enough right now to win a game like this on the road, but I did see improvement."
ISU opened the game red hot, stretching out to a quick 7-0 lead. But a timeout hampered the Redbirds' momentum. After the timeout, the Horned Frogs found a groove and came out of the timeout going on an 8-0 run to take the lead.
A three-pointer from Jaycee Hillsman stunted the run momentarily. But it did not last long as the Frogs kept the hot hand going on a 9-0 run.
After finding themselves down 39-31 at halftime, the Redbirds made it interesting to open the half.
Reeves would stay hot and prove to be an integral piece to the comeback. Reeves nailed a trio of big threes that made it a 59-56 game.
The Frogs saw the Redbirds charging and called a timeout looking to slow down momentum. But DJ Horne stepped up and made a three out of the time bringing the game even.
Earning his first start of the season, the freshman Horne once again impressed. Coming in averaging just over five points a game in limited time off the bench, Horne has been an early spark plug scoring in double digits twice off the bench. Horne finished with 13 against TCU.
After Horne's three, the Frogs found their footing and retook a five-point lead and the Redbirds never recovered, falling 81-69.
Despite the struggle, three Redbirds ended in double digits. Copeland led with 18 while Reeves finished with 15 and Horne added 13.
Desmond Bane led TCU with 23 points. Kevin Samuel (15), Jaire Grayer (15) and RJ Nembhard (10) all finished in double digits for the Horned Frogs.