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TCU rides big first-half run to upset at No. 17 Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) Just when the Big 12 title chase was threatening to make some sense, TCU traveled to Ames and pulled off one of the weirdest upsets of the season.

Kendric Davis scored a season-high 22 points, and the Horned Frogs stunned No. 17 Iowa State 92-83 on Saturday for their first road win over a Top 25 team in 21 years.

Kouat Noi, Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson each had 17 for TCU (17-6, 5-5 Big 12). The Horned Frogs used a staggering 27-4 first-half run to blow past the beleaguered Cyclones and greatly boost their postseason resume.

''We know we need to go on a run to improve our seeding in the Big 12 and the NCAA Tournament,'' Robinson said. ''This is just another milestone for our program.''

TCU, a 9-point underdog that had lost its previous two road games by an average of 22.5 points, capped a stretch of seven straight makes to open the second half with a layup by Noi to jump ahead 54-36 with 15:32 left.

The Horned Frogs opened the second half shooting 13 of 17 from the floor, and Davis' scoop layup made it 69-50 with 8:14 to go. Bane's steal and lay-in a few minutes later pushed TCU's lead to 75-56.

''This league will humble you quick,'' said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, who seemed a bit bewildered after watching his team string together a pair of strong practices. ''We got humbled, and now we've to go try and humble somebody else.''

Iowa State went on a late 10-0 run, but TCU had answers for everything the Cyclones threw at them.

Marial Shayok scored 24 points and Michael Jacobson had 16 to lead the Cyclones (18-6, 7-4), who saw their winning streak snapped at four games. Iowa State missed 12 of its first 13 3s and committed 15 turnovers while falling into a hole that was too deep to climb out of.

''They were ready to go,'' Jacobson said. ''It was one of those days.''

THE BIG PICTURE

Iowa State: The strangest thing about TCU's first-half run was that the Cyclones got a ton of good looks at the basket, but good shooters simply weren't knocking them down. Iowa State's Big 12 title hopes took a hit, though a win at Kansas State next weekend would make up for it. For that to happen, the Cyclones will need to find the defense that abandoned them on Saturday.

TCU: The Horned Frogs had been terrible on the road pretty much all season, so to watch them dismantle Iowa State in one of the nation's toughest gyms was surprising. This was also a reminder that TCU's ceiling is quite high.

''I know it's hard to believe when they get 83 and we get 92, but we won on the defensive end,'' TCU coach Jamie Dixon said.

MISSING WAS CONTAGIOUS

Shayok was just 7 of 17 from the floor for Iowa State. Nick Weiler-Babb was 4 of 13, Lindell Wigginton was 2 of 9 and Talen Horton-Tucker was 2 of 6. Iowa State wound up shooting 45 percent from the floor, but many of those buckets came long after the outcome had been decided.

''We just weren't very good, and obviously TCU had a lot to do with that,'' Prohm said.

TCU'S HUSTLE

Iowa State's Cam Lard came through with a strip block and then got down the floor for an open dunk. Instead, the ball slipped out of his hands, and Kevin Samuel responded with a dunk on the other end to make it 56-41. It wasn't the only time the Cyclones suffered through that kind of sequence.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa State will likely stay in the rankings after beating Oklahoma on the road on Monday, but it'll slide down at least a few spots.

UP NEXT

Iowa State plays at Kansas State on Saturday.

TCU hosts Kansas on Monday night. There will be some raised eyebrows in Lawrence upon seeing this result.

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Key Players
A. Robinson
25 G
N. Weiler-Babb
1 G
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
9.6 Pts. Per Game 9.6
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
45.8 Field Goal % 43.1
35.9 Three Point % 39.5
66.3 Free Throw % 76.3
+ 2 Talen Horton-Tucker made layup, assist by Nick Weiler-Babb 14.0
+ 1 Kendric Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Kendric Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 23.0
  Personal foul on Nick Weiler-Babb 23.0
+ 1 Nick Weiler-Babb made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Nick Weiler-Babb made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
  Personal foul on Alex Robinson 28.0
+ 2 Alex Robinson made driving layup, assist by Kouat Noi 37.0
+ 2 Cameron Lard made tip-in 40.0
  Offensive rebound by Cameron Lard 41.0
  Nick Weiler-Babb missed 3-pt. jump shot 43.0
Team Stats
Points 92 83
Field Goals 33-62 (53.2%) 28-62 (45.2%)
3-Pointers 8-18 (44.4%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 18-26 (69.2%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 34 35
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 21 22
Team 4 3
Assists 19 15
Steals 10 5
Blocks 7 7
Turnovers 10 15
Fouls 17 20
Technicals 1 0
22 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
24 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo TCU 17-6 365692
home team logo 17 Iowa State 18-6 295483
Team Stats
away team logo TCU 17-6 74.3 PPG 39 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo 17 Iowa State 18-6 76.9 PPG 37.7 RPG 15.1 APG
Key Players
5
K. Davis G 6.2 PPG 1.7 RPG 2.0 APG 41.4 FG%
3
M. Shayok G 18.7 PPG 4.9 RPG 2.0 APG 49.6 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Davis G 22 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
M. Shayok G 24 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
53.2 FG% 45.2
44.4 3PT FG% 29.2
69.2 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Robinson 17 2 5 7/14 2/2 1/2 3 36 1 1 4 0 2
D. Bane 17 6 3 6/11 0/3 5/5 2 38 3 0 2 2 4
K. Noi 17 7 1 7/15 3/7 0/0 2 38 1 0 0 1 6
J. Miller 6 4 1 1/5 0/2 4/9 4 20 1 1 1 3 1
K. Samuel 6 7 3 3/4 0/0 0/1 2 27 2 5 1 2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Robinson 17 2 5 7/14 2/2 1/2 3 36 1 1 4 0 2
D. Bane 17 6 3 6/11 0/3 5/5 2 38 3 0 2 2 4
K. Noi 17 7 1 7/15 3/7 0/0 2 38 1 0 0 1 6
J. Miller 6 4 1 1/5 0/2 4/9 4 20 1 1 1 3 1
K. Samuel 6 7 3 3/4 0/0 0/1 2 27 2 5 1 2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davis 22 3 4 7/10 2/3 6/7 3 29 2 0 1 1 2
R. Nembhard 5 1 1 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 0 1
L. Mayen 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. McWilliam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arnette - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Archie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Aschieris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Barlow - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 30 19 33/62 8/18 18/26 17 200 10 7 10 9 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shayok 24 7 1 7/17 1/7 9/10 4 35 2 0 5 3 4
M. Jacobson 16 5 1 8/10 0/0 0/0 0 23 0 0 1 2 3
N. Weiler-Babb 15 4 3 4/13 3/7 4/4 3 37 0 3 2 2 2
T. Horton-Tucker 4 3 4 2/6 0/2 0/1 4 22 0 0 2 0 3
T. Haliburton 3 3 3 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 33 0 2 0 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shayok 24 7 1 7/17 1/7 9/10 4 35 2 0 5 3 4
M. Jacobson 16 5 1 8/10 0/0 0/0 0 23 0 0 1 2 3
N. Weiler-Babb 15 4 3 4/13 3/7 4/4 3 37 0 3 2 2 2
T. Horton-Tucker 4 3 4 2/6 0/2 0/1 4 22 0 0 2 0 3
T. Haliburton 3 3 3 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 33 0 2 0 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Wigginton 10 1 1 2/9 2/5 4/5 5 27 2 0 0 0 1
C. Lard 7 6 2 2/2 0/0 3/4 3 16 1 1 4 1 5
Z. Talley Jr. 4 3 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 1 1 0 3
P. Nixon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Conditt IV - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boothe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Steyer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Schuster - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 32 15 28/62 7/24 20/24 20 200 5 7 15 10 22