FORT WORTH, Texas. – Iowa State (2-12, 0-9 Big 12) fell late at TCU (11-7, 4-5 Big 12), 79-76, on Tuesday night at Schollmaier Arena. Rasir Bolton scored a season-high 26, but it would not be enough to topple the Horned Frogs at home.
The Cyclones battled to end, and had a Tre Jackson 3-point attempt in the closing seconds with a chance to tie the game, but were unable to convert. Bolton went 13-of-13 at the free throw line on the night, while adding six rebounds and five assists.
How It Happened
It was a back-and-forth first half in Fort Worth, with the teams trading runs and momentum throughout the opening 20 minutes. The Cyclones claimed their first lead of the contest thanks to a 10-0 run early on, sparked by back-to-back triples by Jaden Walker and Jalen Coleman-Lands. Bolton capped the run with a jumper to put ISU in front 12-9 with 14:19 to play in the first half.
The Cyclones later ripped off a 13-1 spurt, including six straight by Bolton, to go in front 33-24 on a Javan Johnson dunk with 4:35 left in the half. Iowa State held TCU without a field goal for 4:32, as the Horned Frogs were 0-of-6 from the floor during the run.
TCU closed the half strong, however, scoring the final nine points on a trio of 3-pointers to knot the score at 38-38. Bolton led all scorers with 10 points at the intermission, to go with four assists. Walker, a freshman, chipped in eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. The Horned Frogs were 6-of-10 from beyond the arch in the opening half.
Iowa State flipped momentum back in its favor with a fast start to the second half. The Cyclones made nine of their first 15 field goal attempts after the break, looking to offset deficits on the boards and at the charity stripe, with the Horned Frogs amassing 24 second-half free throw attempts.
Bolton knocked down his lone triple of the night, followed by making a pair of free throws, to put the Cyclones in front 55-48 with 13:49 to play. Moments later, Walker delivered a beautiful feed to George Conditt in the post for a dunk, extending the ISU lead to eight, its largest of the second half.
However, TCU surged late as the Cyclones went through a scoring drought down the stretch. Iowa State went 8:52 of game time without a field goal, scoring just seven points during the stretch, all converted at the free throw line. The Horned Frogs took the lead for good on a Taryn Todd jumper with 2:46 to play, and held on to win, 79-76.
The Cyclones hit the road again, traveling to Lawrence, Kan., to take on Kansas on Thursday at 6 p.m.