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Frogs Top Cougars, 64-62

TCU climbs back to .500 with a win over Washington State, thanks to the return of Amric Fields.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Now we all remember why we missed him so much.

Amric Fields dropped 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds as he helped lead TCU to a win over Washington State.

Fields was one of three Frogs to score 16 on the night, alongside Kyan Anderson and Jarvis Ray. As a team, TCU shot 54.5% from the floor (24-44) and more importantly, shot 70% from the free throw line, which is staggeringly high for a Horned Frogs club.

Anderson made four clutch free throws, two with 27 seconds left, and two more with five seconds left, to put the Frogs ahead. A Fields block with one second left in the game sealed the win for TCU.

Ultimately though, the team just looked better overall with Fields on the court. The defense, the offense, all of it. People looked more comfortable, and Fields' scoring ability freed up guys like Anderson and Ray to get good looks. Most importantly though was Fields' impact on the glass. His 7 rebounds helped immensely, as Karviar Shepherd (8 rebounds) had another buddy to crash the glass with him.

Christian Gore also had eight rebounds for TCU, and the 6'2" guard is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game on the season.

On Washington State's side of things, the Cougars shot only 36.5% from the field, and jacked up 34 three point attempts, hitting 13. Washington State typically shoots a lot of threes (not well, though) but the 34 taken tonight was the most on the season for them.

As coach Trent Johnson said last week, it's going to be an uphill battle for TCU all season with just seven healthy scholarship players, but wins like tonight do nothing but build confidence for this relatively young bunch.