Nov. 9, 2012
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FORT WORTH--TCU's new era in men's basketball started just as planned Friday, with the Horned Frogs giving new head coach Trent Johnson a victory in his first game on campus, 53-46, over Cal Poly at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
TCU won its season opener for the seventh consecutive season and for the 13th time in the last 14 years. Johnson became the sixth straight head coach to start off his Frog tenure with a victory.
Junior forward Amric Fields led a group of three Frogs who reached double figures in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Fields totaled 10 points in the first half, half of his squad's scoring total during the frame, to keep TCU in the game as it struggled to find offense early.
Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson scored 13 points, all in the second half, and went 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He helped ice the win with a huge transition 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining that pushed the squad's lead to six points after it had been cut to just one merely a minute earlier.
Also reaching double digits for TCU was senior guard/forward Garlon Green, who totaled 10 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Green played 32 minutes after earning his 53rd career start, the most among active Frogs.
TCU regrouped from a slow offensive start to hold off the Mustangs, who lead for nearly the entire first half and by as many as five in the frame. The Frogs made only one of their first nine field-goal attempts and turned the ball over three times in the first nine minutes. The squad's second field goal did not fall until 11 minutes into the stanza.
Trailing by one at the break, 21-20, the Frogs stepped up their offensive game early following intermission. The squad went 6-of-9 from the field in the opening eight minutes and led by a 36-30 count following an acrobatic layup and ensuing foul shot by junior guard Jarvis Ray. Senior guard Nate Butler Lind followed with a pair of free throws to push the lead to eight points, TCU's largest of the game.
Cal Poly responded with a run of its own, scoring 10 of the game's next 13 points to slice TCU's lead to only one point with 4:48 remaining. Fields took over from there with a layup and jumper at the two-minute mark, while Anderson followed with what proved to be the dagger with his crucial 3-pointer. The Fort Worth native collected a downcourt pass from Butler Lind on the play and settled in beyond the right wing before drilling the shot to bring the DMC crowd to its feet
A solid Frog defensive effort held the Mustangs quiet for much of the evening, as Cal Poly shot only 35.2 percent from the floor overall, including just 4-of-15 from beyond the arc. Forward Brian Bennett led the Cal Poly attack with a double-double featuring 10 points and a game-high 11 boards. Guard Chris O'Brien and Chris Eversley added eight points each. Cal Poly did manage to win the rebounding battle, 34-31.
TCU continues its season-opening five-game homestand Monday, when it plays host to Centenary College at 5 p.m. at the DMC. The contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.