TCU Falls Late to Texas Wednesday Night
March 5, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 28 points to lead a resilient and scrappy TCU squad Wednesday night, but the Horned Frogs came up just short down the stretch, falling to Texas at the Frank Erwin Center, 66-54.
In a game that was almost a mirror image of the first contest this season, the Horned Frogs made the Longhorns, who are receiving votes in both national polls, sweat throughout the night and not get comfortable.
TCU cut it to a six-point game with 6:07 remaining in the game and appeared to be well on its way to winning in Austin for the first time since 1987 midway through. In the end, despite a gutty performance, the Frogs just missed on some key stretches in a game that was a lot closer than the final score indicated.
Simply put, Anderson, a junior from Fort Worth, single-handedly kept the Frogs in the game during the first half, scoring 18 of TCU's opening 27 points. Anderson was simply unconscious to begin Wednesday night's contest, scoring the first 14 points for the Purple and White to begin the game.
When broken down even further, the all-conference candidate, who tallied 16 out of the first 17 points of the game for TCU, watched on as he was the lone player to score from the field until freshman Hudson Price buried a three with 3:13 showing on the clock in the first half. Anderson finished the night with a game and team-high 28 points on 7-of-18 from the field, including 12-for-14 from the charity stripe, which are both career-highs.
Senior Jarvis Ray was the only other Frog in double-figures Wednesday, posting his second-straight double-double, with 10 points and a team-high 11 boards. Ray has now scored in double-figures in four-straight league games. Not to be outdone, Price posted a career-high eight points in 32 minutes of action Wednesday.
Texas, who shot only 12.5 percent from behind the arc Wednesday, was carried on the night by Isaiah Taylor's 21-point outing on 7-for-14 from the field. Cameron Ridley chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Connor Lammert posted 10 points and 13 boards.
With the loss, TCU moved to 9-20 overall and 0-17 in Big 12 action. The Longhorns improved to 22-8 overall and 11-6 in league play.
Anderson continued his hot shooting during the opening stages of the second half, tickling the twine from deep, which made it a 36-30 game. The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips, but Texas was able to make it a 14-point game before Karviar Shepherd connected on a tough three-point play at the 14:15 mark of the second half.
With the scoreboard reading 45-34 in slight favor of UT, Anderson calmly stepped to the line and drilled back-to-back free throws to keep the Frogs within striking distance at 45-36. Texas regained its composure to push its lead back to 49-36, but the Horned Frogs would not back down, pulling within nine again a few moments later at the charity stripe.
TCU would make it a 55-47 game midway through, as Ray would score a bucket from just outside the foul line at the 7:50 mark. The Frogs appeared to be in business as Anderson made it a six-point game a few trips later at 58-52, but Texas closed the game on an 8-2 run to escape with a 12-point win.
In a preview of things to come, Anderson gave the Frogs an early 3-2 lead, draining a deep triple on the opening possession. The junior continued to go to work the next trip down the court, driving by his defender and laying it off the glass to give the Purple and White a 5-4 tally three minutes into the contest.
Texas would storm back to take an 18-5 advantage before Anderson found the bottom of the net with the shot clock expiring at the 11:25 mark to inch the Frogs closer. In all, the junior opened the game on fire, scoring the first 14 points for the Purple and White, but UT was able to take a 28-14 lead midway through.
Down but not out, Anderson, who ended up scoring 18 in the opening frame, and the Frogs continued to battle down the stretch, cutting it to a 32-21 Longhorn lead off a trey ball by Hudson Price with 3:13 showing on the clock.
TCU would pull within seven at 32-25 following four-straight by Ray, but Texas would take a 36-27 lead into the break.
The Horned Frogs will close out their regular-season Saturday against Oklahoma. Start time is set for 3:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.