TCU Comes Up Short at No. 7 Baylor

Jan. 11, 2014

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  1 2 F
 TCU 25 37 62
 Baylor 51 37 88

Quick Stats
 Points 62 88
 Rebounds 25 54
 Assists 17 18
 Blocks 6 9
 Steals 6 5
 FG Pct. 42.1% 42.9%

Stat Leaders
 TCU Player Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Brandon Parrish 16 6 4 0
Kyan Anderson 12 1 7 1
  Baylor Player Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Taurean Prince 23 4 0 1

WACO, Texas - Freshman Brandon Parrish scored a team-high 16 points Saturday to lead TCU, but No. 7/9 Baylor snapped the Horned Frogs three-game winning streak on the road, winning at the Ferrell Center, 88-62.

The Frogs, now 9-6 overall and 0-3 in league play, came out of halftime firing, shooting 46.4 percent from the field, including 66.7 from behind the arc in the second half, but the hill was to steep to climb as the Purple and White couldn't makeup the difference, falling for the first time on the road this season.

Baylor (13-2; 1-1 Big 12) showed why they were ranked in the top-10 in the nation coming into Saturday, answering every TCU rally. Even when the Frogs were able to cut it to 18 in the second half following a gritty and tough three-point play by freshman Karviar Shepherd, the Bears responded, scoring nine unanswered.

Parrish led the Frogs in scoring for only the second time in his young career. With his 16-point outing, the Arlington native scored in double-figures for the 11th time this season. He also grabbed a team-high six boards, while dishing out a career-high four assists. Junior Kyan Anderson, who led TCU with seven assists on the day, followed with 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field, while senior Jarvis Ray tallied 11 points and five boards.

Taurean Prince was simply unconscious from the output Saturday afternoon, scoring a game-high 23 points on 8-of-10 from the floor. Cory Jefferson also had a solid outing, totaling a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards.

Anderson would continue to fight for the Purple and White early on in the second half, drilling five-straight, including a deep triple to move the Frogs closer. A few plays later, junior Amric Fields got into the act, grabbing a rebound and finding the bottom of the net to bring the Frogs within 55-33 with 15:41 showing on the scoreboard.

By the time Anderson dished it to Fields for an easy bucket at the 14:45 mark, TCU was in the midst of an 11-2 run to inch closer, but just like they did all day, Baylor had an answer on the other end to make it 62-39 midway through the period.

With the scoreboard reading 62-42 following a trey ball by Anderson, Ray continued to help the Frogs cut into the deficit, connecting on a jumper. A few plays later, Shepherd powered home an old fashioned three-point play and TCU appeared to have something cooking midway through, but it was short lived as the Bears wouldn't let the Frogs get any closer the rest of the way.

Fields got the Purple and White going early, draining a jumper on the opening possession, but Baylor answered on the other end to tie the game at 2-2. Shepherd then found pay-dirt from the top of the key to pull the Frogs within one at 5-4 at the 17:17 mark of the opening frame.

With the Bears holding a slight 9-6 advantage, Anderson got creative, dishing a cross-court pass to a cutting Ray for a layup, which made the scoreboard read 9-8. The duo went back to work on the very next possession as Anderson found Ray in the corner, who promptly tickled the twine from deep to give TCU an 11-9 lead with 14:31 showing.

The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips, but Baylor jumped out to a 25-14 lead following an 11-2 run after the Purple and White had cut it to a 14-12 ballgame. Ray would end the run down the stretch when Clyde Smith III found the senior on the run-out, which moved the score to 25-16 at the 6:44 mark.

Smith III, who really seemed to spark the Frogs off the bench late in the half, inched TCU closer with a tear drop off the glass, but Baylor took a 51-25 lead into intermission.

The Horned Frogs will continue life on the road Wednesday, Jan. 15 at No. 11/12 Oklahoma State. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from Stillwater.



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