The Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kyan Anderson led a balanced TCU offense with 16 points in a 57-48 win over Texas-Pan American on Sunday.
TCU (6-3) and UTPA (4-8) were tied at 45 with 3:23 remaining, before the Horned Frogs closed the game on a 12-3 run, led by six points from Anderson.
"Kyan played well," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. "He managed the team. He was very patient against a matchup zone and changing defenses."
After TCU jumped out to an early lead in the first five minutes of the game, UTPA switched to a matchup-zone defense, spreading out the Horned Frogs around the perimeter.
For the next six minutes, TCU was held scoreless as UTPA took its first lead of the game.
Throughout the remainder of the game, the lead changed hands seven times as neither team could pull away.
UTPA's largest lead of five points came with eight minutes remaining in the game before Anderson, one of six upperclassmen on TCU's roster, took control of the game.
"I feel like toward the end when we turned it up that's what we needed to do with odd man runs," Anderson said. "It's still a learning process for these guys and we're trying to get it down."
Both teams struggled with shots outside the key, with a total of 52 points scored in the paint. The Horned Frogs were 3 of 20 from long range and UTPA made just 4 of 20 3-pointers.
Johnson was frustrated after the game with the way his team chose outside shots against the zone, instead of finding better options inside.
"For us to be content to settle and shoot the three and not pass the ball into the post, that was a problem," Johnson said.
Late in the game TCU made a conscious effort to work the ball into the paint, made evident by the spike in trips to the free throw line for the Horned Frogs in the final minutes. With seven minutes left in the game, TCU had just five free throws but would finish hitting 14 of 19 from the charity stripe.
"(Coach Johnson) felt like we were settling for a lot of jump shots so the main thing was getting in the point and creating for others and I thought we were successful in the end doing that," Anderson said.
TCU was the more efficient offensive team, shooting 38.5 percent from the field. UTPA made just 32.8 percent of its shots.
With the loss, UTPA has now dropped four in a row. TCU improved to 6-1 in the all-time series between the schools, winning its fourth straight against UTPA.
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