FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jarvis Ray had a career-high 18 points and TCU got its first victory of the season, holding on to beat road-weary Abilene Christian 71-64 Tuesday night.
Kyan Anderson was scoreless for the Horned Frogs (1-2) until his floater with 3:47 left broke the final tie, making it 60-58 after the Wildcats had come back from a 14-point deficit. Anderson added two free throws a half-minute later.Abilene Christian (0-5) was playing on the road for the fifth time in 11 days to open their first season after making the transition to NCAA Division I status from Division II. Plus, the Wildcats were also coming off the worst lost in program history, 103-41 at Iowa on Sunday.Brandon Parrish added 15 points and Christian Gore 14 for TCU, who was playing its first game since losing 82-79 to Longwood at home a week earlier.Parker Wentz had 14 points to lead four ACU players in double figures.Ray had a powerful dunk and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to cap a 13-2 run, giving TCU a 45-31 lead early in the second half.But ACU fought back and got tied the game at 58 when Cooke swished a 3-pointer from the right wing in front of his exhilarated teammates on the bench. The Wildcats couldn't get closer and Anderson then put TCU ahead to stay.Abilene Christian got off a fast start, making its first four 3-pointers, going ahead 14-10 on Cooke's long shot just 5 minutes into the game. But TCU led 15-14 after Ray scored three times in a span of 67 seconds, with a free throw, a strong inside basket and a jumper.When Hawkins made a long jumper for the Wildcats with just over 3 minutes left in the half, they had a 23-22 lead -- their last of the game.Gore had just made a tying free throw for TCU when a technical foul was called on ACU coach Joe Golding. Gore then sank two more free throws, and TCU's lead was up to 27-23 when Michael Williams drove for a reverse layup.Williams' 3-pointer made it 32-26, the last points for TCU before halftime, when they led by three.Parrish had two layups as the Horned Frogs scored the first eight points after halftime. Hill had a steal that he passed to Ray for a dunk, then Hill had a rebound of a missed shot that led to Ray's 3-pointer.The Wildcats were playing about 150 miles from their campus, where they won't play until their 11th game this season. They had a representative group of fans in three of the fuller sections of seats Daniel Meyer Coliseum, which is undergoing an extensive renovation after this season.