AMES, Iowa (AP) Desmond Bane had 27 points, including a crucial late dunk, and TCU rallied to beat undermanned Iowa State 89-83 on Wednesday night for its second straight win.
Alex Robinson scored 18 points with six assists and Kouat Noi added 17 for the Horned Frogs (19-9, 7-8 Big 12), who reached seven wins in league play for the first time since they went 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference in 2012.
Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson, playing in his first game since learning of his father’s death over the weekend, scored 17 first-half points as the Cyclones – who dressed just seven players – jumped ahead 47-41.
But Jackson cooled off and TCU got hot, going on a 15-4 run early in the second half.
Noi then hit a jumper and Robinson added a free throw with 1:16 left to make it 83-78 – and Lindell Wigginton turned it over on an air-balled 3. The Frogs then found Bane for an uncontested dunk, and they held on at the free throw line.
Jackson finished with 27 points for Iowa State (13-14, 4-11), which announced on Tuesday that starters Nick Weiler-Babb and Solomon Young would be out, likely for the rest of a season that could be over in just two weeks, because of knee trouble.
Weiler-Babb had been battling tendinitis for weeks, while Young had successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said that Jackson learned on Saturday that his father had died of yet-unknown causes, and Jackson returned to Ames after visiting his family in Milwaukee.