March 5, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan.—Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson recorded his fourth 20-point effort of the season but it wasn’t enough to keep up with No. 9 Kansas State, as the Wildcats downed TCU at Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday, 79-68.
The setback dropped the Horned Frogs’ season record to 10-20 overall, including 1-16 in Big 12 Conference play. Kansas State remained in a first-place tie with Kansas atop the league standings while improving to 25-5 overall and 14-3 in the Big 12.
TCU put up one of its top offensive performances on the road Tuesday, setting Big 12 seasons highs in points, shooting percentage (50.0 percent) and 3-pointers (6-of-13). The Wildcats countered the Frogs’ sharp performance with one of their own, making nearly 55 percent of their shots from the field. KSU totaled 27 assists on the evening, the most against TCU since the 2007-08 season (BYU), while it crippled TCU from outside, draining 12-of-29 attempts from 3-point range.
Anderson helped keep TCU in reach of KSU by turning in one of the top performance of his career. He scored 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting and hit a career-best five of TCU’s six 3’s. He added four assists and a steal while playing 39 minutes. Fifteen of Anderson’s point total came in the first half.
Anderson’s effort marked the second-best scoring game of his career and his fourth this season with 20 or more points. He extended his streak of consecutive games reaching double figures to eight, the most for a Frog since Garlon Green also went eight straight during the 2010-11 season.
Joining Anderson in double figures was Abron, who extended his own streak to four games with 10 points. Abron went to the free-throw line eight times and has now made 30 attempts in the last three games. He added eight rebounds.
Senior forward Adrick McKinney led TCU on the glass with 10 boards, his third game this season with 10 or more, to help the Frogs win the rebounding battle by a 28-23 count. He also collected a career-high four assists. Green scored nine points while moving into the No. 18 position on TCU’s career scoring chart, and freshman guard Charles Hill Jr. chipped in eight points.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by guard Angel Rodriguez, who hit 5-of-10 attempts from outside the arc while totaling 21 points. He added a game-high 10 assists. Fellow guards Martavious Irving and Shane Southwell also were hot from outside, each scoring 15 points and drilling a trio of 3-pointers. Guard Rodney McGruder, one of the frontrunners for Big 12 Player of the Year, pitched in 13 points and five assists and forward Thomas Gipson had 11 points.
K-State put TCU in a 15-point hole at intermission after playing lights-out in the opening period. The squad made six 3’s and shot 63 percent from the field overall in the period, with Southwell leading the Cats with a 6-of-6 effort from the floor. Anderson contributed most of the Frogs’ offense in the half with 15 of the team’s 27 points.
Like it has done all season, TCU continued to battle. The Frogs put themselves right back in the game by scoring 12 of the first 14 points of the second half to climb back within five at 44-39. TCU cut the lead back to as few as four points with just 10 minutes to play following five straight points by Anderson that pushed the score to 52-48.
KSU answered with an 11-2 run featuring a pair of Gipson layups and an Irving 3-pointer. Two more 3’s by McGruder and Rodriguez followed with just under four minutes remaining, pushing the Wildcats lead back to 15 points at 75-60.
TCU concludes regular-season play against Oklahoma on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game, which will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest, will tip off at 4 p.m. The contest will also serve as Senior Night, as four Horned Frogs seniors will be honored prior to their final TCU home games.