Brandon Parrish was huge off the bench. Kenny Hustle and Alex Robinson had double-doubles. Vlad was un-guardable down the stretch. It was a total team win, and it puts the Frogs just one win away from NYC.
But the Frogs 21-15 persevered in a loud, sold-out venue (capacity: 15,400) behind a strong offensive performance from five double-digit scorers, led by forward Vladimir Brodziansky and guard Alex Robinson. Both contributed a team-high 19 points, with Robinson adding 11 assists.
TCU built a 44-40 lead at halftime and made it stand up for most of the second hal in one of their best shooting performances of the season (50.7 percent from the field) while forcing Iowa into 17 turnovers, including 12 in the first half.
And what a game it was... the Frogs overcame the loss of Jaylen Fisher, hot shooting from behind the arc by the Hawkeyes, and overtime to earn the right to play one more of their home floor.
TCU managed to gain control and at the end of regulation, the game was tied. But, that didn't stop the Frogs. A Kenrich Williams' dunk in OT gave TCU the lead. And after a steal from Chris Washburn, Alex Robinson made a layup off the break, making it a four-point game.
Though the lead stretched to as much as 11 for TCU, Iowa was never out of it because of their three point prowess. Ultimately, TCU had just enough to close it out.
In overtime, the teams traded baskets in the first minute. Then TCU’s Kenrich Williams and Alex Robinson each scored to put the Horned Frogs up 90-86. TCU led by 6 with 24 seconds left and 5 with 14.5 seconds remaining. Bohannon hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to cut Iowa’s deficit to 94-92. TCU’s Chris Washburn missed 2 free throws to give Iowa the ball with 6.9 seconds left. But Iowa’s perimeter shooters were well-defended, leaving Pemsl open. His shot fell short.
Iowa came up just short of their NCAA dreams and just short of the win, but it’s clear both they, and the Horned Frogs, have bright futures ahead.
TCU: Jamie Dixon's turnaround in Fort Worth continues. A strong non-conference showing, a win over Kansas in the Big 12 tournament and now a road victory over Iowa — one of the last four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament.
Tip your cap to the Kansas pitching staff, who were unbelievable all weekend, but the question remains... where, oh where, have TCU’s bats gone?
“Goddard looked like he stepped right out of a spring training game,” Schlossnagle said. “Mid-90s with a great changeup and serviceable breaking ball and throwing strikes. Thank goodness we got to him a little bit and made the game close. I didn’t think we were even going to come close to getting a runner in scoring position. He was outstanding.”