Anderson sparks TCU to win over Tulsa 70-58

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU defeated Tulsa in a nonconference clash for the second time in less than a month thanks to Kyan Anderson's 25-point showing and a strong second-half zone defense that keyed a 70-58 victory.

It was the second time in three days that Anderson netted at least 25, as he lit up Grambling State for 27 on Thursday night in a game also contested at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

"If I'm going to get hot, this is the best time to do it," Anderson said. "I'm staying in the gym as much as I can to continue this streak. I know my team needs the offense anywhere possible."

It was a much different win in this clash between the former Western Athletic Conference foes. In its 72-65 victory at the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 29, TCU trailed just once the entire game and led by as many as 18. On Saturday, TCU (8-3) was forced to overcome a 10-point second-half deficit in order to improve to 4-1 at home.

"We're finding ways to win games, and we're getting contributions from everybody, and that speaks volumes to being a good team," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. "We just need to be consistent."

TCU picked up its intensity and forced Tulsa (4-8) into just 30.4 percent shooting from the field (7 of 23) in the second half with a more active zone that did a much better job identifying and closing out on shooters.

The play on that end of the court ignited the Horned Frogs, and especially their 5-foot-11 guard.

"Anderson kind of took control and started getting things that he wanted to get and picking us apart," Tulsa head coach Danny Manning said. "They were getting 50-50 balls. They made hustle plays and they made shots."

Anderson finished 7 of 15 shooting and scored double figures for the fifth straight game. He also made 9 of 11 from the foul line for the top free-throw shooting team in the Big 12 Conference, which made 20 of 23 overall.

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