Kyan Anderson overcame a poor-shooting night by hitting four free throws in the closing seconds Friday night and TCU held on to beat Bradley 57-49 at the Corpus Christi Coast Classic.
“We didn't play very well, but found a way to win,” coach Trent Johnson said. “It was a good learning situation for us because we haven't been in this type of game yet this year.”
Anderson made just 1 of 10 shots but went 8 of 8 from the foul line for the Frogs, who made 25 of 33 free throws.
Auston Barnes had 19 points for Bradley (2-3).
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TCU (6-0) used baskets by Hudson Price and Anderson to open the second half to build a 35-24 lead, but Josh Cunningham scored twice for Bradley to get it back to single digits, 35-28, with 15:42 to play.
The game stayed close the rest of the way. Warren Jones knocked down a 3-pointer midway through the second half, giving Bradley a 42-41 lead. TCU broke away from a 44-44 tie with seven straight points, capped by a 3 from Kenrich Williams.
The first half was a parade to the foul line. TCU made 12 of 17 free throws to 12 of 21 for Bradley. Bradley made just 27.8 percent from the field, going 5 of 18, while TCU was 9 of 22.
TCU got the lead to double figures, 26-16 on an Amric Fields jumper at 3:47 and pushed it to 13, but a Barnes 3 just before the buzzer made it 31-24 at the break.
In the second half, Bradley was perfect on its three free throws while TCU was 13 of 16.
Jones added 10 points for Bradley, which had a 32-27 rebounding advantage, led by Josh Cunningham’s 12.
Williams also had 10 points for TCU, which was just 2 of 16 from behind the arc.
With the win, TCU will play Mississippi State at 6 p.m. Saturday. The game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.