FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 19 Iowa State men’s basketball team (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) dropped a close contest at TCU (18-9, 6-9 Big 12), 75-72.
It was a team effort for the Cyclones, who had four scorers in double figures in Michael Jacobson (17), Lindell Wigginton (15), Talen Horton-Tucker (14) and Cameron Lard (10). ISU also received a huge lift from their reserves who accounted for 29 bench points.
How it Happened
It was a back and forth first half, but TCU held an advantage for most of the first stanza. Any time the Cyclones would cut the lead or tie the game, the Horned Frogs had an answer. To close out the first half, TCU took a 36-28 advantage into the locker room behind an 11-2 run to end the half.
It was a tough first half shooting for the Cyclones who went 0-9 from three to begin the game and 12-33 from the floor. On the defensive end, Iowa State held TCU to just 2-9 shooting from downtown in the first half and came up with six first-half steals.
Lindell Wigginton hit a three at the 10-minute mark in the second half to give the Cyclones a 56-55 lead. It was Iowa State’s first lead since 12-minute mark in the first half.
TCU clawed back to regain the lead. The Cyclones tied the game at 68-68 on a Cam Lard layup, but a TCU three on the next possession gave the Horned Frogs a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
One of the biggest differences in the game was three-point shooting. Iowa State shot just 2-19 from deep in the contest, while TCU connected on 9-22 attempts. The Cyclones made up for it by outscoring TCU 52-28 in the paint, but it was not enough to overcome TCU’s accuracy from deep.
Players of Note
Lindell Wigginton was a big lift off the Iowa State bench today. He scored 15 points for the Cyclones on 6-14 shooting from the field. He also hauled down two rebounds and dished out an assist.
Michael Jacobson was efficient in the paint on a day when ISU struggled from deep. He was Iowa State’s leading scorer with 17 on 7-11 shooting. He pulled down seven rebounds and churned out one assist.
Talen Horton-Tucker was aggressive all day and made several plays for the Cyclones at the rim. The freshman scored 14 points behind 6-15 shooting from the field. He was also Iowa State’s leading rebounder with nine boards on the day.
Iowa State returns home on Monday night at 7 p.m. when they take on Oklahoma. The game will be televised on ESPN2.