TCU Cruises to 98-75 Victory Thursday Night
Dec. 19, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kyan Anderson scored a game-high 27 points Thursday night as TCU cruised to a 98-75 victory over Grambling State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Simply put, Anderson was simply unstoppable during stages of the contest, outscoring the Tigers all on his own midway through the first half, 15-5. The Fort Worth native, who at one point during the opening frame of play scored 17-consecutive points for the Horned Frogs, finished the night with a season-high 27 points, which included 21 in the opening period. With his 27-point outing, Anderson recorded the most points since he nailed 29 at Kansas State last season.
On a balanced night in which the Frogs scored a season-high 98 points and led by as many as 32, TCU had three other players score in double-figures. Michael Williams dropped a career-high 14 points on 5-of-7 from the field, while fellow freshman Karviar Shepherd was also solid, scoring a career-high 12 points. He also grabbed eight boards and swatted away four shot attempts. It marked the second-straight game in which the Dallas native has scored in double-figures. Finally, Brandon Parrish rounded out the Horned Frogs double-digit scorers, posting 11 points.
Antwan Scott's 20 points led Grambling State, while A'Torri Shine chipped in with 16 points as the Tigers fell for the fifth time this season.
TCU, who shot 53.4 percent for the game, including 52.9 percent from deep, did most of its damage off turnovers Thursday, outscoring Grambling State, 20-8. The Frogs also controlled the paint, outdueling GSU down low, 32-24.
With the win, the Purple and White moved to 7-3 overall and won their third-straight contest. TCU has now won seven out of its last eight games.
Jarvis Ray pushed the Frog advantage to 48-33, scoring three-straight to open the half, but GSU continued to battle, pulling within 13. The two teams would trade buckets the next couple of trips until Anderson continued his offensive explosion, dropping in a jumper to make it 52-37 at the 17:48 mark of the period.
On the very next possession, Williams dropped in a triple from the corner and the Frogs were off and running once again, now up 55-37. The Purple and White pushed it to 20 at the charity stripe and never look back the rest of the night, winning comfortably at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Shepherd got the Frogs rolling early, nailing a jumper from the top of the key during the opening stages of the first half. The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips, trading possessions until the freshman responded with a two-straight jumpers to push the Frogs on top 8-5 with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the period.
By the time Anderson found Ray for a thunderous dunk, TCU had jumped all over the Tigers, now up 10-5 at the 15:24 mark. A few plays later, Anderson drove the rock to the hole and the Frogs were in business, cruising to a 14-5 advantage midway through. During the run, the Purple and White cranked up their defensive intensity, as GSU didn't score for over four minutes of action.
Grambling State would not go away though, cutting it to 14-13 with 11:11 showing on the clock, but Anderson would not be rattled, connecting on nine-straight points, including a step-back three, which helped put an end to the 8-0 run.
Simply put, Anderson, who scored 17-straight points during a stretch for the Frogs, took over the game midway through the opening period, going on a 15-5 run all on his own. By the time Ray exploded to the hole for a dunk at the 7:20 mark, TCU had blown the door open, now up 31-18.
Williams then got into the act, tickling the twine with a little over four minutes to go in the half, which pushed the Frogs up by 13. TCU closed out the half strong to take a 45-31 lead into intermission.
The Horned Frogs will continue action Saturday against Tulsa at the DMC. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. CT and will be shown on FOX Sports Southwest +.
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