For 35 minutes, as TCU coach Trent Johnson pointed out, the Horned Frogs were outplayed Sunday afternoon.
But TCU found a spark down the stretch, finishing the game on a 17-3 run to beat UT Pan American 57-48 in front of an announced crowd of 3,958 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Broncs (4-8) led 45-40 with 6:35 remaining before the Frogs (6-3) started their run. Brandon Parrish’s four consecutive free throws gave TCU the lead for good, 47-45, with 3:23 remaining.
A TCU defensive stop forced an off-balance shot as the shot clock expired, and Karviar Shepherd increased the Frogs’ lead to 49-45 with a nice move and left-handed layup under the basket. Shepherd finished with a career-high 11 points and 11 rebounds, his first career double-double. He also had a career-high five blocks.
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Still, Johnson wasn’t happy with the performance after a nine-day break. TCU returns to the court against Grambling State at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“We’re not good enough, we’re not talented enough to not play and compete at a fever pitch every time out,” he said. “I’m really disappointed, because every time we come home our fans deserve to see a better brand of basketball played than what we’ve played so far this year.”
TCU led 25-23 at the half but never found a shooting touch from outside. The Frogs made 3 of 20 attempts from the 3-point arc and shot 38 percent from the field overall. One exception was Kyan Anderson, who led with 16 points and had four assists.
“Towards the end when we turned it up, that’s what we need to do all game long,” Anderson said. “It’s still a learning process for a lot of these guys, and we’re trying to get it done at home.”