Nov. 18, 2012
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FORT WORTH—TCU found itself in a tight defensive battle Sunday, falling behind Prairie View A&M by double digits before rallying in the second half for a 44-39 win at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The win moved TCU’s season record to 3-1 for the third straight year, while Prairie View dropped to 2-3 overall. The victory also helped new head coach Trent Johnson match Billy Tubbs (1994) for the best start by a Frog coach since the 1930’s (Mike Brumbelow, 6-1).
The contest marked one of the lowest scoring games for TCU in decades, as its 44 points were its fewest in a victory since a 35-26 home win over East Texas State (now Texas A&M-Commerce) on Dec. 1, 1983. Both teams struggled from the field Sunday, TCU shooting 30.2 percent and the Panthers posting a figure of 28.3 percent. The Frogs shot only 25.0 percent in the opening half while falling down by 14 points early.
Junior guard Jarvis Ray continued his breakout season by leading TCU for the first time in the scorebook with 13 points. Although he went only 3-of-12 from the field, he was 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Devonta Abron added his best performance thus far as a Frog, totaling 10 points and eight rebounds. Abron came up big for his team down the stretch, scoring five straight TCU points for a seven-point lead inside the final minute.
Also coming up for TCU in crunch time was sophomore guard Kyan Anderson, who scored all eight of his points in the second half to help fuel his team’s comeback. Senior guard/forward Garlon Green led the Frogs’ efforts on the glass, pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds for his third career outing in double figures.
Guard Jourdan DeMuynck paced the Prairie View attack with a game-high 17 points and 10 boards. Fellow guard Carl Blair chipped in nine points.
TCU struggled out of the gate, falling behind 14-0 in the game’s opening six minutes while the Panthers hit four of their first five field-goal attempts. The Frogs missed each of their first six shots and gave up five turnovers during the stretch before Ray put the squad on the board with a pair of free throws at the 13:54 mark.
TCU chipped away at the lead from there, relying on its defense to keep the Panthers within check. The squad held Prairie View without a basket and to only six free throws for the final 14:06 of the first half. A Green jumper put TCU on top by one point, 17-16 with 1:44 to play, but the Panthers regained a three-point edge at the break with four shots at the charity stripe by Blair.
The second half started much like the first for TCU, as Prairie View jumped back out to a nine-point lead while the Frogs struggled to find their shots. Anderson finally got the rally moving with a 3-pointer to kick-start a crucial 14-2 run. He finished the spurt with his second trey to give the Frogs their largest lead at 35-32 with 6:06 remaining.
The Panthers would tie the contest again at 35-all before another big play by Anderson, who laid the ball in off a nice feed from senior guard Nate Butler Lind. Abron took the game over from there, scoring his five straight points that sealed the contest in TCU’s favor.
TCU concludes its season-opening five game homestand Tuesday when it plays host to Navy at 6 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised live by FOX Sports Southwest.