PULLMAN – Amric Fields needed merely one game to prove he is back. The 6-foot-9 junior reserve scored 16 points and blocked a last-second shot to help Texas Christian beat Washington State 64-62 in a men’s nonconference basketball game Sunday.
“When I learned that I was going to be able to play today, I just wanted to leave it all on the court,” said Fields, who missed all of last season and the first three games this season because of knee problems.
Fields made 7 of 9 shots from the field for the Horned Frogs (2-2) and blocked DaVonte Lacy’s attempt on WSU’s final possession.
“This is a good team we beat tonight. He helped,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said of Fields.
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Johnson, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, is a former Washington Huskies assistant coach.
Lacy led WSU (2-2) with 18 points, but was 5 of 14 from the field. Royce Woolridge added 13 points. The Cougars shot 36.5 percent, compared with 54.5 percent for TCU.
“We just didn’t make shots,” guard Woolridge told the Spokesman-Review. “We got a lot of wide-open shots that we normally knock down but they just weren’t falling.”
The Horned Frogs led by 13 with 6:27 left in the first half, but Lacy’s three-point basket with 14 seconds left tied the score at 62.
TCU’s Kyan Anderson made two free throws with five seconds left to close out scoring.
“They are very good and determined to drive, and they are pretty good at drawing the foul,” Cougars coach Ken Bone said. “We knew that coming in.”