TCU Finishes Non-Conference With Win

TCU improved to 9-3 on the year with a 77-64 win over Texas Southern on Sunday.

Ft. Worth, TexasTCU finished their non-conference slate on Sunday afternoon, beating Texas Southern 77-64 at Daniel Myer Coliseum.

The victory was the fifth straight win for the Frogs and improves their record to 9-3. The Frogs have won nine out of their last ten games since starting the season 0-2.

Texas Southern, coming off an upset win over Temple, fell to 4-9 on the season.

"That's a good win for a lot of reasons for us; Texas Southern is a good basketball offensively," TCU basketball coach Trent Johnson said. "One of the things we talked about was this being probably the most efficient and explosive team we've faced up to this point this year."

The Frogs were led by senior Kyan Anderson's 21 points and 7 assists. Anderson finished 7-of-11 from the field shooting and his point total was his third consecutive game to score more than 20 points. Also leading TCU was Amric Fields, who got the start at forward. It was Field's first action on the court since late November when he injured his hand.

Fields responded by recording the first double-double of his career; finishing with a season-high 17 points and career-high 12 rebounds. He was told he was getting the start 30 minutes prior to tipoff.

"It feels good, I have to give credit to the guys, they always hold me to a high standard," Fields said of his return. "Every time I play they always build my confidence up."

Fields played 29 minutes in the game and admitted that although he may not have looked it, he was feeling the result of not seeing game action in a month.

"I'm pretty out of shape, I've got a lot of conditioning to do," Fields said. "I have to play my way into shape so it might be a while before I'm in game shape."

Johnson is keeping a close watch on Fields as he makes the transition back from his injury.

"The key for me in dealing with Amric on whether he starts or comes off the bench is that he doesn't try to do too much and monitor his minutes and conditioning," Johnson said.

Texas Southern held a 19-16 lead in the first half but the Frogs went on a 12-0 run to take a 28-19 lead after an onslaught of buckets by Anderson and Fields. TCU led by as many as ten points in the first half after nailing five three pointers, three at the hands of Brandon Parrish, but the Tigers' strong paint game, led by 6-foot-10 Aaric Murray helped the Tigers close the gap to six at halftime; 40-34.

Murray, who scored 48 points in the Tigers' upset win over Temple, was held to 18 points and 9 rebounds on Sunday.

"I thought we did a good job of eliminating Murray's touches," Johnson said. "The gameplan going in was to double down when the ball went into the post whether we were in man or zone. For the most part I thought we did a good job there."

The Tigers continued to close the gap on the Frogs in the second half, closing the Frogs lead to just three points on two separate occasions; 42-39 and 45-42. They trailed 58-54 with 8:27 left in the game but that's the closest the Tigers would get to the Frogs as three-point plays by Jarvis Ray and Anderson helped fuel the Frogs offense late in the game with a 19-10 run to get the win.

The Frogs were also led by strong performances from their true freshmen standouts; Parrish and Karviar Shepherd who finished with 13 and 10 points respectively. Parrish hit three 3-pointers on the day while Shepherd equaled a career-high five blocks and brought down six rebounds.

Christian Gore tallied 28 minutes and tossed a career-high 5 assists to help the Frogs' efforts.

Parrish said the familiarity of playing in pressure situations this season helped them again on Sunday against the Tigers and feels that it will help them in Big 12 play.

"I feel we're a battle-tested team, we go through this each and every game where we're up a lot and the other teams cut it close towards the end," he said. "We always find a way to win; I feel that's prepared us well for the future in Big 12 play."

The Frogs open up Big 12 play this Saturday, January 4th at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum against West Virginia.

"Everything up to this point is out the window; it's Big 12 basketball which is to me big boy basketball," Johnson finished.

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