TCU Comes Up Short at No. 16 Iowa State
Feb. 08, 2014
AMES, Iowa - Junior Kyan Anderson scored a season-high 27 points Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as No. 16 Iowa State held off a late rally to upend TCU at Hilton Coliseum, 84-69.
The Horned Frogs made the Cyclones work in the second half, pulling within seven twice, while shooting a blistering 44.8 percent from the field, including 45.5 percent from deep. In the end, Melvin Ejim and Iowa State were too much as Ejim was simply unconscious, scoring a Big 12 single-game record 48 points on 20-of-24 shooting. The Frogs came within single-digits numerous times Saturday during the second half only to see the senior stall the Purple and White attack.
With the loss, TCU, who was playing its seventh ranked opponent in nine games, moved to 9-13 overall and 0-10 in Big 12 play, while the Cyclones improved to 18-4 overall and 6-4 in league action.
By scoring 27 points Saturday, Anderson became only the 32nd TCU player all-time to score 1,000 points for his career. The Fort Worth native came into the day with 974 points.
Simply put, Anderson did it all for the Frogs inside Hilton Coliseum as he tied a season-high with 27 points on 7-of-15 from the field. The junior was 4-of-8 from deep and went a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe. He also dished out eight assists, which fell just one shy of his career-high.
Ejim scored 33 of his 48 in the second half to hold off a furious TCU rally. For the game, he grabbed a game-high 18 boards. The only other Cyclone in double-figures was Georges Niang who totaled 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The two teams would go back and forth to start the second half, but the Frogs cut it to a 36-25 game two minutes into the period following some nifty ball movement, which allowed Brandon Parrish to cash in on a jumper. The freshman would continue his offensive production on the very next trip, draining a three from the corner to pull the Purple and White within nine early on in the half.
At the 15:42 mark Anderson made the scoreboard read 41-33, scoring on an old-fashioned three-point play and TCU appeared to have something cooking in the second half. Iowa State would push it to 48-33, but the junior would have nothing of it, scoring five-straight, including a deep triple to inch the Frogs closer midway through the second half at 50-38.
By the time Anderson found freshman Michael Williams on a run-out, TCU was in the midst of a 7-0 run, which made it 55-48. The Frogs would continue to battle down the stretch, but couldn't come up with enough plays, falling Saturday afternoon.
Iowa State jumped on top 5-0 to start the game, but Anderson would stymie the Cyclone attack, draining a mid-range jumper four minutes into the contest. Shepherd would get into the act a few moments later, driving by his defender and banking home a floater and two free throws to pull the Frogs closer at 11-6 midway through the first half.
Fields made it a 19-11 game at the 8:27 mark, hitting a deep jumper, but Iowa State responded with a bucket on the other end to alter the junior's deep attack. On the previous play, the Oklahoma City product banked home a triple to inch the Frogs closer.
The two teams would go back and forth the next couple of trips, but Iowa State's Ejim would not be denied, propelling the Cyclones to a 29-16 lead, scoring 10-straight points down the stretch.
Back-to-back triples late by Anderson brought the Frogs within 32-22 at the break.
TCU will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 12 versus Baylor inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m. CT from Fort Worth.