Nov. 24, 2012
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas ---- In a closely contested game, TCU was able to slip past the UAB men's basketball team, 76-73 to round out the Blazers' play in the South Padre Island Invitational on Saturday night.
UAB (3-3) finished the tournament 2-2, defeating Navy and Prairie View A&M at home, before falling to both Illinois State and TCU (5-2) at the South Padre Island Convention Centre.
The Blazers return to the court on Tuesday, with a road contest at in-state foe Troy. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT and will air on WUHT-FM 107.7 with David Crane and Steve Mitchell on the call.
UAB and TCU battled all night, with the lead never reaching larger than eight points. Trailing 74-70 with eight seconds left in the game, Jordan Swing drained a 3-pointer from the wing to cut the deficit to one, with 2.8 seconds remaining.
TCU's Kyan Anderson, who poured in a career-high 35 points, was fouled on the ensuing possession and drained both free throws to give the Horned Frogs a three-point advantage. Jekore Tyler caught the inbounds pass at half court, took a few dribbles and on the run fired a deep potential game-tying 3, but the shot hit the front of the rim, securing the victory for TCU.
Anderson made 13 of 20 shots and went 8-of-10 from the foul line en route to his game-high 35 points. The TCU point guard scored nine of TCU's first 11 points to start the game and added four rebounds and four steals to head the Horned Frogs' offense.
All five UAB starters posted 10-or-more points, led by Rod Rucker's 13, with 11 of the points coming in the second half. Rucker also topped the Blazers in assists with six.
UAB shot 50 percent for the game, making 25 of 50 shots, while TCU made 55.8 (29-for-52) percent of its shots as both teams were evenly matched all night.
The Horned Frogs were able to make 81.0 (17-for-21) percent of their free throws, while UAB managed to shoot just 58.6 (17-for-29) percent from the line in a physical game that featured 44 total fouls.
The Blazers would take their lone lead of the second half at the 11:45 mark, when Alihodzic sank a free throw to put UAB up, 47-46. However, TCU would retake the advantage on an Anderson jumper and hold a slight edge through the remainder of the game.