Horned Frogs Defeat Lions Friday Night, 81-74

Karviar Shepherd (1)

Karviar Shepherd (1)

Nov. 1, 2013

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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU had four players score in double-figures Friday night as the Horned Frogs defeated Arkansas-Fort Smith at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 81-74.

In its lone exhibition, the Purple and White, who scored more than 80 points for the first time since hitting the 81-point mark at Oregon State in 2012, used relentless pressure to force the Lions into 17 turnovers, while stealing the rock seven times on the night. The Frogs shared the ball throughout the contest, totaling 19 assists, including 11 in the opening frame of play.

Senior Jarvis Ray led the way for TCU, scoring a game-high 18 points on 4-of-7 from the field. Ray did most of his damage at the line as he went 10-of-14 from charity stripe. Freshman Karviar Shepherd was also solid in the exhibition, posting his first career double-double with a 16-point, 10 board outing. The duo of Ray and Shepherd lit it up in the second half, recording 12 points apiece, respectively.

Sophomore Charles Hill Jr. followed with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Freshman Brandon Parrish rounded out the Purple and White double-digit scorers, dropping 10 points in his debut.

Arkansas-Fort Smith was led on the night by Seth Youngblood who scored 16 points on 5-of-10 from the field. Kenny Martin and Dusan Stojanovic chipped in with 10 points apiece, respectively, while Xavier McClish finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 from the floor.

TCU made the Lions work out of the break as the Frogs forced a turnover on one end and then watched as Kyan Anderson, who dished out seven assists, tickled the twine from deep to take a 46-38 advantage during the early stages of the second half. On the very next possession, Shepherd went to work on the block, connecting on a jumper three minutes into the period to push the Frog lead to 48-38. In all, TCU opened the second half on an 8-2 run.

With the Frogs up 55-45 at the 10:27 mark, Shepherd increased the lead, scoring inside the paint. On the next trip down the court, fellow freshman Michael Williams found the bottom of the net to make the scoreboard read 59-45 in favor of TCU.

A 10-2 run by UAFS brought the score to 61-55 with 6:56 showing on the scoreboard until Hill Jr. connected on a runner inside the lane to halt the Lion run. The two teams would continue to go back and forth the next couple of trips until Shepherd powered home a layup to move the TCU lead back to nine at 69-60 with 4:19 left in the exhibition contest.

UAFS would cut it to 75-72 down the stretch off a 12-6 run, but Anderson would have nothing of it, sparking the Frogs in the closing seconds as he scored a layup, forced a steal on the next possession and followed with a dish to Ray for a thunderous dunk to close out the game Friday night.

The Frogs got going right out of the gates as Hill Jr. found Ray inside the lane for a flush to give TCU an early 2-0 lead. Following back-to-back free throws by the Lions, Hill Jr. went to work, scoring a layup and a trey ball to push the Frog lead to 7-2. 

TCU continued its offensive production midway through the period as Shepherd put back the rock underneath the bucket at the 14:55 mark to give the Frogs a 16-9 lead.

UAFS would continue to battle though cutting the Frog lead a couple of minutes later, but Parrish ended the mini run, going coast to coast for an uncontested layup midway through the period to make the scoreboard read 18-11 in favor of the Frogs. 

The Lions went on a 6-1 run to bring the score to 19-17 at the 9:08 mark of the opening frame of play, but Florida native Hudson Price went back to work, nailing a mid-range jumper to regain the Frog momentum with 8:57 showing on the clock. On the very next trip, Anderson found Parrish wide open in the corner and the Frogs were back in business as the freshman buried a triple to give TCU a seven-point advantage.

Down the stretch of the first half, Anderson showed why he could push for all-conference accolades this season as he crossed over his defender and dropped in a floater to give TCU a 26-18 advantage at the 6:45. The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips with the Lions pulling within 28-25.  

All-out hustle by Thomas Montigel down the stretch pushed the Frog lead to 36-30 as the senior grabbed a board and found Parrish darting to the lane for the layup in the closing minute. UAFS was able to cut into the deficit slightly to bring the halftime scoreboard to 38-36 in favor of the Purple and White.

TCU will begin regular-season action Friday, Nov. 8 against SMU. Start time is set for 6:30 p.m. CT at the American Airlines Center. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Brian Estridge and John Denton calling the action live from Dallas.



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