Kane gets 20, No. 17 Iowa State beats TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — DeAndre Kane scored 20 points, Georges Niang had 19 points and eight rebounds and No. 17 Iowa State kept TCU winless in the Big 12 with a 71-60 victory Saturday.

Niang had two three-point plays in the last 5 minutes to help the Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) build a cushion after entering the game in a three-way tie for third place in the conference with Oklahoma and Kansas State.

Kane gave the Cyclones their first double-digit lead when he knocked the ball away from Kyan Anderson for a steal and caught a long pass from Melvin Ejim for a layup.

Ejim, the Big 12 leader at 19.1 points per game coming in, scored 14 after setting a Big 12 record with 48 in Iowa State’s 84-69 win over at TCU at home.

Anderson, who averaged 26 points in his past four games, scored 18 to lead the Horned Frogs (9-17, 0-14). TCU is 2-30 in conference in two Big 12 seasons.

Once Iowa State erased a 13-3 TCU lead built over the first 7 minutes, the teams weren’t separated by more than three points until Ejim converted inside to put the Cyclones ahead 54-50 with 9 minutes to go.

The Iowa State lead was two points after a driving layup by Anderson, but Kane answered inside on the other end to start a 10-1 run.

The first three-point play for Georges came when the TCU bench thought the burly Iowa State forward should have been called for charging on freshman center Karviar Shepherd, who scored 14 points and had 15 rebounds, one off his career high.

Georges had another three-point play when he was fouled by the much shorter Christian Gore on a short turnaround from the baseline. The free throw put Iowa State up 67-58 with 3:11 to go.

Ejim never really had a chance to challenge his record night against the Horned Frogs two weeks ago. He picked up two fouls in the first 6 minutes and played just 10 minutes in the first half, scoring six points.

Dustin Hogue had eight points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones.

TCU, already thin in the frontcourt because of injuries, was without second-leading scorer Amric Fields, who has been dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.