TCU Tops Seawolves in Nail-Biting Victory
Nov. 28, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In a back and forth contest full of late game heroics, TCU's Kyan Anderson and Amric Fields saved the best for last as the duo connected with 10 seconds left to lift TCU to an exciting 73-70 victory over host Alaska-Anchorage on the opening day of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Leading by one with 30 seconds left, the Seawolves promptly turned the ball over on an inbounds play and watched as Anderson got around two defenders and found Fields in the paint who proceeded to rattle home a jumper to push the Horned Frogs ahead by one at 71-70. Alaska-Anchorage tried to answer, but couldn't find the bottom of the net. Following his fourth rebound of the night, Fields was fouled and put the final nail in the UAA comeback attempt, sinking both free throws with 1.5 seconds left to give TCU its third-straight victory.
Simply put, Anderson, who was named the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game, put on a show in the second half. During one stretch of action, the Fort Worth native scored seven-straight points and was unconscious from the field. He finished the night with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc. The junior also dished out a new career-high nine assists.
Fields was just as impressive, scoring 16 points on 7-of-13 from the floor. Senior Jarvis Ray and freshman Brandon Parrish rounded out the Horned Frogs double-figure scorers, tallying 15 and 17 points, respectively.
TCU, who moved to 3-2 on the year, out-rebounded Alaska-Anchorage, 39-36. Freshman Karviar Shepherd did most of the damage, grabbing a season and game-high 12 boards.
UAA, now 5-2 on the year, was carried by Travis Thompson's 19 points, while Brian McGill totaled 16 points and five boards. Brad Mears and Teancum Stafford also had stellar nights, scoring 11 and 10 points on the hardwood.
Shepherd got the Frogs going early in the second frame of play, finding the bottom of the net on the opening possession to tie the game at 35-35. On the very next trip down the court, Anderson rattled home a triple to push the scoreboard to 38-35, but it was short lived as UAA answered with a three of its own.
The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips, but the Seawolves would take a 46-45 lead at the 15:17 mark of the second half despite Anderson's streaky shooting from behind the arc. The battle continued as UAA regained the lead, but Anderson would have nothing of it as he simply could not be stopped, dropping seven-straight points all on his own to give the Frogs a 54-48 lead with 11:58 showing on the clock. During the run, Anderson simply took over the game, putting on a dazzling dribbling display to spark the Horned Frogs.
The Seawolves would not go away though tying the game at 55-55 midway through the second half, but Fields answered with a jumper on the offensive end of the court to end the UAA run. The lead for the Purple and White was short lived as the Seawolves went on a 7-2 run to make the scoreboard read 62-59 with a little over five minutes remaining in the game.
Ray cut it to a one-point game at the 4:45 mark of the second period, driving past his defender and dropping in a layup. The senior came back and knifed to the basket to bring the Frogs within 66-63 with 3:31 showing.
Trailing 68-64, Parrish drove to the basket and connected on a bucket with two minutes left in the contest, which moved TCU within two. On the other end, UAA connected on back-to-back free throws before Christian Gore found the bottom of the net down the stretch.
The Frogs appeared to be in business with Anderson going to the line late, but the junior made one of two at the charity stripe and the Purple and White trailed 70-69 with 31.2 seconds left to go in the contest. On the very next play, UAA threw the ball away and TCU had life and a chance to win the game. That's exactly what they did as Anderson drew several defenders and dished off to Fields for the bucket, which gave the Horned Frogs the lead for good.
Ray got the Frogs going right out of the blocks, scoring an uncontested layup down low on the opening possession, but Alaska-Anchorage bounced back with a bucket on the other end to tie the game at 2-2 early. Shepherd then got into the act on both ends of the court, swatting away a shot on one end and then dropping in two-straight buckets on offense, which included a beautiful up-and-under at the 16:22 mark to make the scoreboard read 6-2.
With the scoreboard at 9-6 in favor of TCU, Anderson attacked the Seawolves and found Ray for a rim-rattling dunk on a breakaway, but UAA continued to fight, knocking down a rare four-point play on the very next possession to bring the Frogs lead to 13-10 with a little over 12 minutes to go in the opening frame of play.
The Seawolves would take a one-point lead at 18-17 despite back-to-back buckets by Fields at the halfway point, which included a tip-in dunk with 9:25 showing on the scoreboard.
With UAA clinging to a 25-21 lead at the six-minute mark, Anderson tickled the twine from deep to pull the Frogs within one. The Seawolves responded with a mini 5-0 run, but it was short lived as both Ray and Parrish found the bottom of the net with a 7-0 run of their own to make the score 31-30 in slight favor of TCU.
UAA regained the lead at 35-33 heading into intermission thanks to a late bucket to end the half.
The Horned Frogs will resume action in Anchorage Friday, Nov. 29 against Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. CT. The Golden Hurricanes hit a three-pointer with 8.3 seconds left to defeat Indiana State to advance at Sullivan Arena.