TCU Defeats Texas Southern Sunday, 77-64
Dec. 29, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU closed its non-conference schedule in style Sunday afternoon, downing Texas Southern at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 77-64.
With the win, the Horned Frogs, who moved to 9-3 overall, captured their fifth-straight victory and have now won nine out of their last 10 heading into league play.
Leading by only four with 8:27 left to go in the game, TCU outscored the pesky Tigers the rest of the way, 19-10, to move to 5-1 at the DMC this season.
Playing in his first home game in over a year and a half, Amric Fields made his presence known from the very moment he stepped onto the court Sunday. The junior, who hadn't played since late November, recorded his first career double-double, scoring a season-high 17 points, while grabbing a career-high 12 boards.
For as good as Fields was in his return, fellow junior Kyan Anderson once again stole the show, dropping a game-high 21 points on 7-of-11 from the field. The Fort Worth native's final stat line was impressive as he also recorded five rebounds, while delivering seven assists. He was just as impressive on the defensive end of the court, stealing the rock three times, while limiting Texas Southern point guard Madarious Gibbs to only 3-for-7 from the field. In all, Anderson has now posted three-straight games of 20 or more points, which marks the second time he has done so during his three-year career.
Other notables on the day included freshmen Brandon Parrish and Karviar Shepherd who both recorded 13 and 10 points apiece, respectively. Shepherd also tied a previous career-high with five blocks, while grabbing six boards on the day. Not to be outdone though was the play of Christian Gore who dished out a season and career-high five assists to go along with seven rebounds.
Texas Southern, who was coming off an upset victory over Temple, moved to 4-8 with the loss. Aaric Murray and Jose Rodriguez, who both tallied 18 points apiece, respectively, led the Tigers.
The two teams opened the second frame of play going back and forth as TCU jumped on top 46-39 when Anderson dished the rock to Parrish for the fast-break layup with 17:32 to go in the second half. A few plays later, Hudson Price cashed in on a running layup to regain the six-point advantage for the Purple and White at 48-42.
TSU would cut it to 48-45, but Fields would have nothing of it, powering home an old fashioned three-point play with a little over 14 minutes to go to stymie the Tiger attack.
With TCU clinging to a 54-48 advantage midway through the second half, senior Jarvis Ray lit up the scoreboard, nailing a key jumper inside the paint to increase the Frog lead to 56-48. Texas Southern would not go away, scoring a layup on the next possession to continue to pressure the Frogs until Anderson cruised into the lane and scored on an and-one with a little over six minutes to go to push the Frog lead to 65-56.
By the time the junior soared through the air and followed up a missed dunk attempt by Shepherd, the Frogs had darted out to a 74-60 lead. TCU put it on cruise control the rest of the way, winning its fifth-straight comfortably in the end, 77-64.
Anderson got the Frogs going early, slashing to the lane with a plethora of ball fakes to make the scoreboard read 2-2. On the very next possession, Fields made his presence felt, scoring on a put-back two minutes into the ballgame. By the time Anderson went coast-to-coast for a layup at the 16:58 mark, the Frogs were out and running, jumping out to a 6-2 lead.
Parrish gave the Frogs a 9-4 lead a few plays later, tickling the twine from the corner, but Texas Southern continued to battle, inching closer before Fields rattled the rim on a reverse dunk off a dish from Anderson with 13:34 showing on the clock, which pushed the Frog lead to 11-6.
The two teams would go back and forth, but TSU took a 17-13 lead off an 11-2 run before Parrish ripped off consecutive triples to tie the game at 19-19 with a little over eight minutes remaining in the opening frame of play.
With 6:03 showing on the scoreboard, Fields got into the act again, draining two-straight buckets, including a three following some nifty ball movement, to move the Frogs ahead by nine down the stretch. TCU pushed its lead to 33-21 off a Shepherd jumper with a little over four minutes to go in the period and the Frogs took a 40-34 lead into the break.
TCU will open conference play Saturday, Jan. 4 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum against West Virginia. Start time is set for 3:00 p.m. CT and will be shown live on the Big 12 Network.