FORT WORTH — Gabe Kalscheur’s three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left spoiled a late rally from No.17 TCU and sent No.25 Iowa State home with a 69-67 victory on Saturday afternoon at Schollmaier Arena.
Iowa State dominated most of the game with its aggressive defense and inside scoring, outscoring TCU 44-20 in the paint. The Cyclones also shot 60.7% in the first half and led 36-30 at halftime.
TCU leading scorer Mike Miles played just 10 minutes in the first half with only three points after picking up two quick fouls. Miles stayed on the floor in the second half and helped keep the Horned Frogs in the game as they slowly trimmed the lead.
After TCU cut the lead to two, Iowa State went on a 7-0 run to take a nine-point lead with 3:49 remaining at 65-56. But the Horned Frogs had one last burst left.
JaKobe Coles hit a corner three, and Damion Baugh followed with a layup off a steal to cut into the lead again and start a 9-0 run. Miles was fouled on a three-pointer with 0:23 seconds left and sank two of the free throws to give TCU its first lead since early in the first half at 67-66.
TCU’s defense made things difficult for Iowa State on the final possession as two shots were blocked and the ball was knocked up in the air. Iowa State ended up with the ball on a held ball, and Kalscheur drained the game-winning three off the inbound to end a 4:27 scoring drought.
WHAT TO KNOW
This was the first time TCU and Iowa State have ever met as ranked teams.
Both teams were unbeaten in the Big 12 entering the matchup. The Iowa State win gives the Cyclones their first 3-0 start in the Big 12 since the 1999-2000 season and snaps an 11-game TCU winning streak.
TCU was seeking its first-ever three-game winning streak against ranked teams. This was the first time Iowa State has beaten a ranked TCU team.
BY THE NUMBERS
TCU came into this game leading the nation in fast break points with 21.9 per game. The Horned Frogs did not reach that mark on Saturday but still outscored Iowa State 17-4 in that department.
Iowa State was third in the nation with a +7.3 turnover margin this season and had 15 turnovers to TCU’s 18 on Saturday.
Both teams struggled to make free throws. Iowa State made 3-of-9 (33%), while TCU made 16-of-28 (57%).
TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said his team was not as prepared as he had hoped for Iowa State’s physicality.
“We can’t come up short in physicality,” he said in a postgame news conference. “You can’t let a team come in and shoot 52% against you and outrebound you.”
TCU (13-2, 2-1 in the Big 12) will play No.6 Texas (13-2, 2-1) in Austin at 8 pm CST on Wednesday, January 11. Iowa State (12-2, 3-0) hosts Texas Tech (10-4, 0-2) on Tuesday at 7 pm CST.