TCU Falls in Big 12 Opener, 74-69
January 04, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU pulled within two late Saturday afternoon, but couldn't complete the comeback, falling in its Big 12 opener to West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 74-69.
The Horned Frogs, who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, opened the game on fire from deep, going 7-of-7 from behind the arc. The Frogs were simply unconscious from three-point land in the opening frame of play, shooting 70 percent. TCU also did it on the defensive end during the opening stages, holding WVU to only 39.4 percent from the field during the first half.
In a game that featured seven ties and 10 lead changes, junior Amric Fields connected on a layup with 2:11 left to go in the game to make the scoreboard read 69-67, but the Frogs couldn't make the defensive stops and just missed on some timely free throws down the stretch to secure their sixth-straight victory and 10th win in 11 games.
With the loss, TCU moved to 9-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play. West Virginia improved to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12.
Fields led the way for the Purple and White Saturday, scoring a season-high 22 points on 8-of-13 from the field. Freshman Brandon Parrish was also solid on the day, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-of-14, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Junior Kyan Anderson rounded out the Horned Frogs' double-digit scorers Saturday, netting 12 points, while dishing out four assists.
West Virginia was carried by Eron Harris' 22 points, while Juwan Staten tallied 15 points and seven boards.
Fields put the Frogs on the board four minutes into the second half, scoring off an inbounds, which made the score 44-41. A few moments later, Parrish continued his hot shooting from deep, drilling his third triple of the game to pull the Frogs within five at 49-44 at the 14:41 mark.
With West Virginia clinging to a 52-48 lead, Karviar Shepherd calmly stepped to the charity stripe and knocked down two-straight to inch the Frogs closer, but WVU responded with four-straight to take a 56-50 lead midway through.
Anderson would put a halt to the Mountaineer attack, going coast-to-coast for the bucket, which pulled TCU within one at 56-55 with 8:22 showing on the clock. The two teams continued to battle the next couple of trips and WVU would take a 65-60 lead before freshman Michael Williams split two defenders and found pay-dirt to inch the Frogs closer at 66-62 down the stretch.
Parrish pulled the Frogs within two down the stretch, igniting the crowd with his fourth trey ball of the night, which made the scoreboard read 67-65, but like they did all day, WVU responded with a bucket of its own to stymie the Horned Frog attack.
With 55.9 showing on the clock and the Frogs trailing 71-67, TCU tried to rally, but came up short, falling in its Big 12 opener.
The two teams went back and forth the first couple of trips of the first half, with both tickling the twine from deep. A few plays later, Fields crossed over two defenders and darted into the lane to connect on an old fashioned three-point play, which gave the Frogs an 8-5 lead three minutes into the contest.
WVU would continue to battle though, scoring five unanswered to take a 10-8 lead, but Anderson would have nothing of it, dropping in a trey ball to give the Frogs a 11-10 lead. With a little over 13 minutes to go in the opening frame of play, Fields continued the Frogs hot shooting from deep, knocking down a triple from the left corner, which propelled TCU to a 14-11 advantage.
Midway through the first half, Charles Hill Jr., got into the act, dialing it up from deep to give TCU a 19-17 lead at the 11:29 mark. It was short lived though as West Virginia tied the game at 19-19 on the very next trip before Anderson rattled home a step-back triple.
Back-to-back trey balls from Parrish gave the Frogs a 28-23 lead with a little over nine minutes to go in the opening frame, but WVU answered with a triple of its own to pull within two. The two teams would go back and forth until Fields rattled home a jumper to give the Frogs a 35-32 lead with 3:26 showing on the clock. The Mountaineers responded though by closing the half on a 10-4 run to take a 42-39 lead into the break.
TCU will next be in action Tuesday, Jan. 7 versus K-State. Tip-off from the DMC is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.