TCU rallies past Iowa State 89-83
Feb. 21, 2018
AMES, Iowa (AP) Desmond Bane had 27 points, including a crucial late dunk, and TCU rallied to beat undermanned Iowa State 89-83 on Wednesday night for its second straight win.
Alex Robinson scored 18 points with six assists and Kouat Noi added 17 for the Horned Frogs (19-9, 7-8 Big 12), who reached seven wins in league play for the first time since they went 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference in 2012.
Iowa State's Donovan Jackson, playing in his first game since learning of his father's death over the weekend, scored 17 first-half points as the Cyclones - who dressed just seven players - jumped ahead 47-41.
But Jackson cooled off and TCU got hot, going on a 15-4 run early in the second half.
Noi then hit a jumper and Robinson added a free throw with 1:16 left to make it 83-78 - and Lindell Wigginton turned it over on an air-balled 3. The Frogs then found Bane for an uncontested dunk, and they held on at the free throw line.
Jackson finished with 27 points for Iowa State (13-14, 4-11), which announced on Tuesday that starters Nick Weiler-Babb and Solomon Young would be out, likely for the rest of a season that could be over in just two weeks, because of knee trouble.
Weiler-Babb had been battling tendinitis for weeks, while Young had successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said that Jackson learned on Saturday that his father had died of yet-unknown causes, and Jackson returned to Ames after visiting his family in Milwaukee.
TCU: With home games against Baylor and Kansas State coming up, the Horned Frogs have a chance to finish .500 in the toughest league in America. That'll likely go a long way with the NCAA Tournament committee.
Iowa State: This was a culture win for Prohm. The Cyclones had every excuse in the world to pack it in and wait for next season, but they battled for each other and for Jackson after a dismal showing in a loss to Kansas State over the weekend. But it's hard to win a close game down the stretch with six guys, as freshman Terrence Lewis fouled out with 5:26 left.
TCU hosts the Bears on Saturday.
Iowa State plays at West Virginia on Saturday.
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