TCU Falls to No. 7 Kansas Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 15, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. - It was a tale of two halves Saturday as TCU led midway through the first half, but ran out of steam in the second stanza, falling to No. 7 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, 95-65.
During the first half, the Horned Frogs, who shot 56.5 percent from the floor in the opening frame, made the nation's No. 7 team work for every bucket on the defensive end of the floor, which allowed the Frogs to lead by six at the 10:43 mark of the period. KU showed why they currently lead the conference standings though, responding to take a seven-point lead into halftime before eventually putting the game out of reach in the second half.
For a second-straight game junior guard Kyan Anderson put on a show during the first half. The Fort Worth native, who tallied a team-high 25 points Saturday, closed out the opening period, scoring 18 of the Horned Frogs' final 22 points of the half. In the last two games combined, Anderson has totaled 39 points in the first half against Baylor and Kansas, respectively.
For the game, Anderson went 8-of-9 from the field, including 2-for-2 from deep, while dishing out five assists. He has now dropped 20 or more points in three-straight contests and five times in the last seven games. His 25-point outing marks the ninth time this season the junior has gone for 20 or more in a single-game and the 15th time in his three-year career.
The only other Frog in double-figures Saturday was fellow junior Amric Fields who scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high five boards. Fields has now scored in double-figures in 14 games this season, while leading the Frogs on the glass in six-straight conference match-ups.
Perry Ellis was simply too much for the Frogs down low Saturday, scoring a game-high 32 points on 13-of-15 from the field. Freshman Andrew Wiggins was also in double-figures, scoring 17 points.
With the loss, TCU dropped to 9-15 overall and 0-12 in league play, while the Jayhawks improved to 19-6 overall and 10-2 in the Big 12.
After only leading by seven at the break, Kansas was able to extend its lead to 60-41 to open the second half before Fields tickled the twine from deep to inch the Frogs closer at the 14:46 mark. Senior Jarvis Ray helped TCU continue to battle midway through, scoring four-straight, which included a nice running layup midway through.
The Frogs tried to chip away at the Kansas lead down the stretch as Fields made it a 72-53 game at the 8:32 mark, powering a home a dunk, but the Jayhawks used a 19-5 run to put the game out of reach.
Kansas jumped out to a 4-3 lead early, but Karviar Shepherd would have nothing of it, rattling home a jumper to give the Frogs a 5-4 lead three minutes into the first half. A few plays later, Fields got into the act, connecting a put-back and the Purple and White appeared to have something going early on in Allen Fieldhouse.
By the time freshman Brandon Parrish tickled the twine from the corner off a dish from Anderson, the Frogs had jumped out to a 10-6 lead at the 15:37 mark.
The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips until Fields sunk a triple for the corner, which pushed the TCU advantage to 17-12 with 13:27 to go in the period.
Anderson connected on an old fashioned three-point play at the 12:32 mark and then continued to go to work midway through, draining a jumper to make the scoreboard read 22-16 in favor of TCU.
The Jayhawks cut into the Purple and White lead a few moments later, but the Fort Worth native wasn't to be denied, crossing over Wayne Selden and finding the bottom of the net for a triple, which gave TCU a 25-19 lead.
Kansas would storm back to regain the lead at 30-26, but once again Anderson dropped a jumper to inch the Frogs closer at 30-28. The junior continued to roll down the stretch, sinking bucket after bucket to make the scoreboard read 47-40 at the break in slight favor of the Jayhawks.
TCU will return to the hardwood next Wednesday at Kansas State. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT from Manhattan, Kan.