TCU Outlasts UTPA Sunday, 57-48
Dec. 15, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU closed the game on a 12-3 run and never looked back, downing UTPA in a hard-fought contest Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 57-48.
In a game that featured 12 ties and 10 lead changes, the Horned Frogs, who scratched and clawed their way to their second-straight victory and sixth overall Sunday, were knotted at 45-45 with 3:28 showing on the clock in the second frame of play before taking control of the game late.
TCU, now 6-3 overall with the victory, was led by junior Kyan Anderson. Anderson tallied a game-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, marking the second-straight contest in which the Fort Worth native has hit the 16-point barrier. Senior Jarvis Ray followed with 12 points, while freshman Karviar Shepherd posted his first career double-double, totaling a new career-high 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Dallas native also recorded a career-high five blocks against the Broncs in 32 minutes of action. Fellow freshman Brandon Parrish rounded out the Purple and White notables Sunday, scoring 10 points, while also grabbing a career-best six rebounds.
Thanks to TCU's relentless defensive pressure, UTPA shot only 32.8 percent from the field, including 20 percent from behind the arc. The Broncs were carried by Shaquille Hines' 12 points. Justin Leathers was the only other UTPA player in double-figures with 10 points.
The second half would open up with both teams battling back and forth until Anderson dropped a trey ball from the right side of the court to give TCU a 30-27 lead during the opening stages of the period. The junior continued his offensive onslaught a few plays later, drilling a jumper, which moved the scoreboard to 32-29 in favor of the Frogs.
The lead was short lived though as UTPA stormed back to take a 36-32 advantage with 11:55 showing on the clock. Ray would have nothing of it though, powering home six-straight, including a thunderous dunk, to regain the momentum and the TCU lead at 38-36 midway through the second half.
UTPA would not go away, retaking the lead at 45-40 before Anderson found Charles Hill Jr. for a bucket at the 5:06 mark to pull the Frogs within two at 45-43. Parrish then proceeded to tie the game at 45-45 a few possessions later and the Purple and White appeared to be in business.
The freshman gave TCU a 47-45 lead with a little over 3 minutes to go in the game, sinking back-to-back free throws. Shepherd then followed it up on the next possession, scoring an up-and-under and the Purple and White were able to close out the game at the line to move to 6-3 on the young season.
The Frogs jumped on top early at 4-3 when Shepherd powered home a layup three minutes into the opening stages of play. On the very next possession, Parrish tickled the twine from deep and TCU was out and running, now up 7-3.
The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips, but UTPA regained the lead at 11-9 off an 8-2 run with a little over 11 minutes remaining in the period. Shepherd ended the Broncs run at the 9:41 mark, scoring down low off an assist from Ray, but UTPA responded with a trey ball on the other end to take a slight lead at 14-11.
A few plays later, Anderson drove to the hole and finger rolled in a layup to tie the game at 16-16 with a little over 7 minutes remaining in the half. The junior then found Hudson Price for a triple down the stretch, which helped the Frogs take a 25-23 lead into intermission Sunday afternoon.
TCU will resume action at the DMC Thursday, Dec. 19 against Grambling State. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from Fort Worth.