TCU Falls to No. 25 Kansas State Tuesday
FORT WORTH, Texas - In a game that was a lot closer than the final score indicated, TCU fought back to pull within three in the second half, but ultimately dropped a 65-47 decision to No. 25 Kansas State Tuesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Frogs, who moved to 9-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play, overcame a slow start in the opening half to scratch and claw their way back into the game. TCU went on a 10-2 run midway through the second stanza, but couldn't get over the hump Tuesday, falling for only the second time in seven games. In all, the Frogs were solid on the defensive end Tuesday, holding their eighth opponent this season to 65 points or less in a single-game, but couldn't find the bottom of the net despite several solid chances throughout the contest.
The Horned Frogs, who forced K-State into 18 turnovers, were carried by junior Amric Fields who tallied 14 points on 5-of-11 from the field. Fellow junior Kyan Anderson was also in double-figures Tuesday, scoring 12 points.
Kansas State (12-3; 2-0 Big 12) was carried by junior Thomas Gipson who scored a game-high 19 points, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman Marcus Foster was the lone other Wildcat in double-figures, scoring 16 points.
Fields got the Frogs going during the opening stages of the second half, scoring a jumper on the opening possession, which brought TCU within eight. A few plays later, the junior powered home a thunderous dunk and the Frogs appeared to show some life, now trailing only 34-25.
Karviar Shepherd then went to work down low, drilling a hook shot to pull TCU within 36-29. By the time Fields found the bottom of the net, the Frogs were in the midst of a 10-2 run to pull within 36-33 with 13:44 showing on the scoreboard.
With K-State clinging to a 40-34 lead, Shepherd continued to his offensive production, connecting on a pull-back jumper to inch the Frogs closer, but the Wildcats responded with a triple on the other end to make the scoreboard read 43-36 midway through the second half.
K-State would push it to a nine-point lead, but the Frogs would not back down as freshman Brandon Parrish sank back-to-back free throws to pull the Purple and White within 45-38 with 6:36 showing on the scoreboard. A running layup by Anderson a few trips later made the scoreboard read 47-40 down the stretch and TCU was able to make it a 50-42 game at the charity stripe, but that was as close as the Frogs would come the rest of the night.
Parrish gave TCU an early 3-2, soaring to the bucket for a jumper during the opening stages of the first half, but K-State responded on the other end to make it 5-3 early on. A few plays later, Fields found pay-dirt, nailing a jumper from the baseline to give the Frogs a 7-5 advantage.
With the scoreboard reading 13-7 in slight favor of the Wildcats, Fields continued his offensive flow, tickling the twine from deep to pull the Frogs within three at the 8:35 mark. The Purple and White would go cold from the field though until Jarvis Ray ended the drought, powering home a layup with 5:19 left in the first half, which made the score 20-12.
The two teams would go back and forth the rest of the half, but K-State jumped on top 31-19 before Anderson closed the half with a running layup to make the halftime deficit, 31-21.
TCU will continue conference play on the road at Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. CT from Waco.