Horned Frogs Fall to Ottawa Friday Night
Aug. 10, 2013
OTTAWA, Canada - TCU had three players score in double-figures Friday night, but dropped a 90-74 decision to the University of Ottawa at the Gee-Gee's Montpetit Hall.
On the night, a pair of freshmen in Karviar Shepherd and Hudson Price led the Horned Frogs offensive attack. Shepherd, who was a four star rated recruit and ranked in the top-100 players in the entire country by ESPN, wrapped-up play with 13 points on 6-of-11 from the field.
Price followed with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, while also adding five boards. Junior Devonta Abron rounded out the Frogs double-digit scorers Friday with 11 points. The Dallas product led TCU with a game-high seven rebounds.
Ottawa, who is coming off an OUA Final Four appearance and closed the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 3 in the final CIS Top Ten poll, was led on the night by Johnny Berhanemeskel who tallied 26 points on 10-of-19 from the field. Vikas Gill added 20 points on 6-of-7 from behind the arc.
The Frogs, who opened the game on a 13-5 run, shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent in the second half. Ottawa was able to stretch the Purple and White from deep, shooting 54.5 percent from three.
Price got the Frogs rolling during the early stages of the second half, scoring a jumper to pull TCU within one at 42-41 off an assist from Kyan Anderson. Ottawa was able to push its lead to seven a few moments later though, but the Purple and White continued to battle as Jarvis Ray made it a 48-43 game at the 17:31 mark of the second frame of play.
An 8-0 run by the Gee-Gee's made the score 56-43 midway through, but five-straight points by TCU stalled the Ottawa attack. With a little over 15 minutes to go, Michael Williams tickled the twine from deep to pull the Frogs within seven, but that was as close as the Purple and White would come the rest of the night.
TCU, who trailed by only three at the break, jumped out to an early 15-7 lead off a Ray jumper, but the Gee-Gee's responded with a 7-0 run to cut it to a one-point Frog lead at the 13:42 mark of the opening frame.
Midway through the first half, the Purple and White appeared to have things going when Brandon Parrish pushed the TCU advantage to 10, dropping it in from behind the arc at the 9:54 mark, which made the score 24-14 in favor of the Frogs.
A few moments later, Shepherd showed why he is considered one of the top freshman in the Big 12 Conference, scoring off a dish from Anderson at the 7:05 mark of the first half. Shepherd's jumper gave TCU a 28-17 lead, but the Gee-Gee's stormed right back, scoring five triples in the last four minutes to take a 42-39 lead into intermission.
TCU will return to the hardwood Saturday against the Ottawa Guardsmen Alumni. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. EDT at the Ravens' Nest.