TCU was unable to close out their Great Alaska Shootout tournament run with a victory late Saturday night, as they were shut down by Harvard to the tune of a 71-50 final score.
TCU entered the game on a 4-game winning streak, having previously defeated Alaska-Anchorage and Tulsa in the first two rounds of tournament play. Harvard, however, entered the game with national hype, even receiving votes in national rankings polls.
TCU (4-3) pulled within 13 down in the second half, and constantly chipped away at the Harvard lead, but could not close the gap on the Crimson (7-1).
Junior guard Kyan Anderson led the Frogs in scoring on the night with a season and game-high 20 points. Anderson now has seven 20-point games during his career at TCU.
Haravrd used a opening 10-2 scoring streak to spark a massive opening run that left the Frogs trailing by 15 before 10 minutes ran off the clock in the first half. The Crimson continued to build on their lead despite strong play from Anderson and junior forward Amric Fields, leaving TCU trailing 48-25 at the break.
The Frogs showed some life at the open of the second half, with an Anderson layup and first-year center Karviar Shepherd three-point play. However, Harvard answered the Frogs shot-for-shot, maintaining a lead throughout the rest of the game.
TCU went on 9-0 run to close the gap to 15 with a little over 12 minutes remaining in the game, but a Harvard trey ended the drought for the Crimson, and staved off the Frogs yet again.
Fields exited the game with a hand injury, and returned to the bench in the second half with his hand heavily taped up. Fields did not play the remainder of the game.
Both Fields and Anderson were named to the all-tournament team in Anchorage.
The Frogs are next in action on Thursday, Dec. 5 against Mississippi State.