TCU holds off Texas Southern 77-64

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyan Anderson scored 21 points to lead Texas Christian to a 77-64 win over Texas Southern on Sunday.

The Horned Frogs (9-3) took control of their final non-conference game with a 17-2 run sparked by a Brandon Parrish 3-pointer late in the first half but Texas Southern kept battling back, narrowing the gap to 40-34 at the break. TCU then secured the win with a 10-4 spurt in the closing minutes to hold off an aggressive second-half challenge by the Tigers that twice shaved the lead to just three points.

"Texas Southern is a good basketball team," said TCU coach Trent Johnson. "Offensively, one of the things we talked about is them being one of the most efficient and explosive teams we have faced to this point."

Amric Fields contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win, while Parrish added 13 points and Karviar Shepherd had 10.

After missing all but three games last season and the first three of this season with an ACL injury, Fields continues to deliver double-figure scoring but Jones said he's cautious about when and how he plays him.

"The most important thing for me, this team, and Amric, is that when he's out there I have more reservations about him being reinjured," Johnson said. "When I look out there, it's a matter of if he's OK. At one point he said he was fine, but I didn't feel too good so I took him out."

Fields acknowledged he's still struggling.

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