The 17th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs Men’s Basketball team had lived by the 2nd half comeback and heroics in the final seconds to win its first two Big 12 games; with a one-point lead and 23-seconds to play, after trailing all day, the Frogs needed one more stop to move to 3-0 in league play. The final possession for #25 Iowa State left several opportunities for TCU to close out the contest: a Damion Baugh-induced near-steal as the Cyclones crossed half-court led to a loose ball that was not ruled out of bounds and ISU was granted possession and a timeout. Then ISU’s next opportunity was closely guarded by Mike Miles, with a shot blocked by Emanuel Miller; after the scramble for the ball, ISU had a man standing wide open under the basket for what looked to be an easy score for the lead, but Xavier Cork joined the SWAT team, denying the lay in and getting the rebound, saving it back into play while falling out of bounds, and his pass was ruled to have been last touched by Miller, giving the Cyclones one more opportunity with 6.6 seconds remaining. Gabe Kalscheur received a pass well beyond the 3-point arc, tightly defended by Baugh, and released a step-back line drive through the net to give Iowa State the 69-67 win.
The Horned Frogs lost the game at the free throw line, as TCU was able to force 21 ISU fouls and shot 28 free throws, but only made 16 of those. Despite trailing all game, TCU had every chance to win this game, showing the resilient teamwork and 3-point range (47%) that make the Frogs dangerous. However 18 turnovers, including several highly questionable charge calls (the Cyclones were falling over at the lightest breeze), and cold stretches where TCU could not break the zone defense. Damion Baugh continued to fill the stat sheet -17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists - while Mike MIles led all scorers with 18 points despite missing some time shaking off a knock.
Iowa State now moves to 12-2 and the top of the Big 12 standings at 3-0. The Cyclones will next host Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
There will be no time for fret much over any result in this conference, as every game will be a beast. The Frogs will have to turn the page as next up is the #6 Texas Longhorns (13-2; 2-1) in Austin on Wednesday January 11 at 8:00 PM on ESPN2.