The TCU men have been scoring a bunch of points, and Kyan Anderson hadn’t even gotten his 3-point shot working.
That changed Monday night.
The senior from North Crowley made 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range, finished with a game-high 19 points and moved to No. 13 on the school’s all-time scoring list in a 106-53 victory against Mississippi Valley State.
For Anderson, only 5 for 17 on 3-pointers in the first three games, it was his best scoring and shooting performance of the season, and for TCU (4-0), its highest scoring game in five years.
Maybe coincidence. Maybe not.
“I just didn’t square up,” Anderson said, explaining the first three games. “I’ve been making that important in practice — having a consistent shot. That’s why a lot of them fell tonight.”
Anderson scored 14 points without a miss as TCU led 20-5 in the first 6 1/2 minutes. He opened the game with a long jumper, made three consecutive 3-pointers and added a three-point play.
In the second half, he went from No. 16 on the school scoring list to No. 13. With 1,235 points, he passed Michael Strickland (1990-92), Kevin Langford (2007-09) and Marquise Gainous (1999-2000).
“I’m just out there trying to play the game the right way and take what comes to me,” Anderson said. “They showed some trap early and some pressure on me early, so when I freed up, it seemed like, ‘OK, if they’re going to leave me this open, I’m going to shoot it.’ They never got out to me quick enough, I guess.”
No. 12 on the school scoring list is Malcolm Johnson, who scored 1,272 points from 1996-98.
“I’m blessed to be amongst some of the great basketball players that put their names that high in the rankings,” Anderson said.
TCU’s last 100-point game was a 103-45 win against Austin College on Nov. 14, 2011. The 106 points were the most since a 108-99 triple-overtime win over Texas State on Nov. 24, 2009.
Mississippi Valley State (0-4), out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, gave up 100 points or more for the third time this year. But the quickness of the Delta Devils on the perimeter provided a test, TCU coach Trent Johnson said.
“The thing I was impressed with was our post players are doing a better job of guarding on the perimeter,” he said. “That’s the thing that we haven’t been able to do in the past, as much as I don’t want to dwell on the past.
“Our ability to guard the bounce, to guard the dribble, is so important. And that’s what happens when you play against teams like this — they’re quick and they’re fast; once you can handle their pressure, you can get in the half court and you can utilize your size.”
The Frogs shot 60.6 percent, made 12 of 23 3-pointers and had a 52-28 rebounding edge. They are averaging 86 points through four games.