FORT WORTH (AP) – TCU and Prairie View A&M got their first tastes of life without key players on Sunday.
The participants agreed the first impression was an ugly one.
TCU — without its best player, junior Amric Fields, for the rest of the season due to a knee injury — managed to defeat the Panthers 44-39 on Sunday in a South Padre Invitational game despite shooting 30 percent against the Panthers’ matchup zone.
Ray Jarvis had 13 points for the Horned Frogs (3-1), who used a 10-3 run down the stretch.
Prairie View (2-3) shot 28 percent for the game, including 9 for 40 after making four of its first five shots.
The Panthers played without Louis Munks, who is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg, and Josh Eleby, the team’s second-leading scorer, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury
TCU posted its lowest winning point total since 1983.
“A lot of people will say the game was ugly,” said Trent Johnson, TCU’s first-year coach. “But, to me, that’s how we’re going to have to play to be successful moving forward.
“When you lose a guy with the impact of Amric, it hurts you in points and rebounds, but also hurts you in your rotation because he played two or three positions.”
Kyan Anderson’s 3-pointer at the six-minute mark broke a 32-32 tie, and he had another bucket to key TCU’s game-ending run.
Devonta Abron had 10 points and eight rebounds for TCU, including four offensive boards in the second half.
Jourdan DeMuynck had 17 points for the Panthers, who struggled from the free-throw line, hitting 11 of 24 attempts.
“It was an ugly basketball game,” Prairie View coach Byron Rimm II said. “Free throws hurt us a lot, but our guys competed very well.”
On Tuesday, TCU hosts Navy and Prairie View visits Alabama-Birmingham before all four schools head to the Texas coast for the weekend to finish the tournament that includes Delaware State, Farleigh Dickinson, Illinois State and Northwestern.
Prairie View scored the game’s first 14 points, taking advantage of frigid shooting by TCU, which started the game 0 for 6 from the field with five turnovers.
Jarvis’ free throw with 13:54 left in the first half finally got the Frogs on the scoreboard, but started a 17-3 run that enabled TCU to climb back into the game.
The Frogs trailed by three at halftime, 20-17.
“I think the kids showed resiliency,” Johnson said. “The guys found a way to win. Any time you play a team with that kind of athleticism and a matchup zone . it took us out of our rhythm.”
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