Niang’s 23-point effort leads No. 15 Iowa State past TCU
Georges Niang scored 23 points, floor leader Monte Morris added 16 and No. 15 Iowa State pulled away in the second half to beat TCU 83-66 on Saturday.
Iowa State (16-4, 6-2 Big 12) ran its homecourt winning streak to 19 with its first double-digit win in conference play. The Cyclones’ previous five league victories had been decided by a total of 18 points.
Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 16 points and Dustin Hogue had 12 for the Cyclones, who won their second straight after a humbling loss at Texas Tech a week ago. TCU (14-7, 1-7) stayed close for a half, causing some edginess among the Cyclone faithful, but Iowa State finally took control with a pair of big runs in the second half.
Trey Zeigler led TCU with 14 points and Chris Washburn scored 11.
Iowa State is the Big 12’s most prolific 3-point shooting team, but the Cyclones created separation in this one by going inside.
Dejean-Jones backed in for a turnaround shot that put ISU up 27-26 and the Cyclones kept attcking. Morris, Niang and Dejean-Jones all drove for buckets before Morris sliced through the defense for a layup just ahead of the halftime buzzer, putting Iowa State up 35-33.
Iowa State started the second half with a 10-2 run that included four more baskets inside for a 45-35 lead. Niang took it to the basket again after TCU drew within five, then knocked down a 3-pointer. Jameel McKay’s follow shot made it 52-40 with 12:43 left.
TCU, which gave No. 9 Kansas all it could handle in a 64-61 loss last Wednesday, hung around for another couple of minutes and trailed just 52-47 with 11 minutes to go.
But Dejean-Jones hit a turnaround in transition and Niang dropped in two free throws, starting another 10-2 burst that made it 62-49. Adbel Nader’s 3 from the deep right corner on a pass from Morris stretched the lead to 77-59 and Iowa State fans — finally — could relax as the game wound down.
Niang frustrated TCU with a series of spinning moves and jump hooks around the basket. The 6-foot-8 junior finished 8-for-15, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out three assists.
Morris shot 7-for-9 and tacked on six assists, a steal and a block.
Iowa State: The Cyclones’ home winning streak, which includes 12 straight in conference play, is the fifth longest in school history. The longest was a 39-game run from Feb. 16, 1999 until Dec. 1, 2002.
TCU: Leading scorer Kyan Anderson (13.9) endured a tough afternoon, making just 3 of 13 shots and scoring only eight points.
Iowa State plays at No. 9 Kansas on Monday night.
TCU plays at No. 20 Baylor on Wednesday night.