The Frogs fought hard for the first 30 minutes, but faltered late and fell to #15 Iowa State 83-66 this afternoon. TCU went blow-for-blow with the Cyclones for most of the first half, trailing 35-33 at the break. However, it was a tale of two halves yet again for TCU, as Iowa State seized momentum in the second half, eventually blowing out the Frogs.
Feeling a shift in momentum, Trent Johnson was forced to call timeout just minutes into the second half after the Cyclones scored six quick points to open up a six-point lead. The Frogs would hang around for a few more minutes, but Iowa State's scoring ability proved too much for TCU's tough defense. The Frogs came into the game allowing just 57.6 points per game, a mark that leads the Big 12. Iowa State's league-leading offense penetrated through the defense, scoring 83 points, the most allowed by TCU in a regulation game this season.
The trio of TCU transfers led the Frogs today as Chris Washburn, Kenrich Williams, and Trey Zeigler combined for 31 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Parrish came off the bench and dropped 11 points, including going 3/5 from behind the arc. The lone bright spot for TCU came in the ball-control department. The Frogs had a season-low six turnovers.
Once again, the TCU offense struggled to score. The Frogs shot just 40.6% from the field, connecting on 28 of 69 shot attempts. In what was a relatively clean game from an officiating standpoint, the Frogs attempted just eight free throws in the game, but Amric Fields was the only one to connect. As a team, TCU combined to shoot 1/8 from the line, the lowest free throw shooting percentage this season.
On the other side, Iowa State was led by Georges Niang, who scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Three other Cyclones scored in double-figures as Iowa State shot over 56% from the field. The Cyclones controlled the boards throughout the game, eventually rebounding TCU 44-30, including 35-18 on the defensive end.
Late in the second half, Karviar Shepherd and Bryce Dejean-Jones got tangled up chasing after a loose ball and were both given technical fouls by lead official John Higgins.
The Frogs will look to end their season-long four-game losing streak this Wednesday night in Waco against the Baylor Bears. Tipoff is set for 7:30pm.