TCU outrebounded the Cyclones in the first half 19-18. It was the first time TCU had outrebounded an opponent in a half since they played Texas Tech on February 1. As a result, Iowa State did not lead until 90 seconds remained in the first half.
The Frogs would lead by as many as five in the second half, but the physicality of the Cyclones buried a TCU team playing with just seven scholarship players healthy.
Unhindered by foul trouble for the first time in several games, Karviar Shepherd finished with 14 and 15 rebounds, one board shy of a career-high.
Kyan Anderson led the Frogs with 18 points, and he was joined in double-figures by Karviar Shepherd and Jarvis Ray who finished with 10 points.
While TCU hung with the Cyclones on the boards, the Frogs were unable to push Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang far enough off the block, and ISU scored 56 points in the paint.
Head coach Trent Johnson was joined by Kyan Anderson and Karviar Shepherd in talking to the media after the game.
Opening statement: I wish the ball would have gone down for a couple of guys. We were in a pretty good situation there, the ball didn't go down for us. I give a lot of cerdit to Iowa State, and Kane did a good job being physical on ball screens…Kyan is doing his best, and he is making a lot of guys around him better.
On Amric Fields' injury: Amric was like he was playing on one leg. His conditioning is really bad, and the worst thing you can do as a coach is put a guy out there with a bad leg, playing through fatigue. I dont know if he can play Monday. What's important to me is his overall health. When he broke his hand, he lost his opportunity to get in good conditioning. Against Kansas State, he was laboring; he was dragging his leg. Derrick Rose had a similar type injury. He came back, favored one leg, and now he's out again.
On playing without foul trouble: It feels good to be out there and I got to do what I can, and tried to help my team get a win. I tried to play as aggressive as I could. I tried to avoid getting in foul trouble with us down a couple of players.
On fading down stretch of game: The thin bench always plays a part, but what hurt us is not knocking down shots when it counts. It is irritating, but at this point in time, we have to stay positive. We are getting a lot better from where we started.