TCU upsets #15 Iowa State in Ames, 59-44

Damion Baugh led TCU with 23 points


Horned Frogs hold Cyclones to 44 points and 30 percent shooting

AMES, Iowa – Junior Damion Baugh scored a career-high 23 points as TCU led throughout the game in a 59-44 win at No. 15 Iowa State Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.

Baugh set the tone early with six of his seven steals in the first half. It was the most steals by a Horned Frog in 21 seasons and stands as a tie for the third-most all-time. Baugh’s 23 points came off of an 11-of-17 effort from the field including one 3-pointer. 

The Horned Frogs (13-3, 3-2) won with defense, holding the Cyclones (14-5, 2-5) to 30.9 percent shooting and their lowest point total in the history of Hilton Coliseum. TCU’s 49.0 percent shooting was its best in 11 games. 

A dunk by George Conditt gave the Cyclones their only lead of the game, 4-2. A steal and dunk by Baugh gave TCU an eight-point lead, 22-14, with 6:45 to play in the half. Baugh’s jumper with seconds remaining gave the Frogs a 34-23 lead at the half, their largest lead of the period. 

An Emanuel Miller jumper gave TCU a 13-point lead to start the second half. Iowa State then scored 10-straight points to cut the TCU lead to three with 13:42 to play, before TCU answered with 10-straight of its own. 

The Cyclones made just two of their final 11 shot attempts and TCU’s lead grew to as many as 18. 

O’Bannon joined Baugh in double-figures with 10 points. Miller added seven points and a team-best eight rebounds. One of the nation’s best rebounding teams, TCU dominated the boards on Saturday, 39-28.

TCU returns home to face No. 23 Texas on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

Team Notes

  • TCU improved to 25-177 all-time against AP Top 25 teams and 3-93 all-time against AP Top 25 teams on the road. 
  • It’s the ninth time TCU has defeated a ranked team under Jamie Dixon and the second on the road. The last road win over a ranked team was at No. 17 Iowa State, 92-83, on Feb. 9, 2019. 
  • It was TCU’s first win over a ranked team since a 75-72 win over No. 2 Baylor on Feb. 29, 2020. 
  • The 15-point margin was the most by TCU against a ranked team since defeating No. 21 Oklahoma State, 70-55, on Feb. 14, 2015.
  • TCU improved to 13-13 all-time against Iowa State. 
  • TCU improved to 7-5 all-time in Ames and has won four of the last five at ISU. 
  • Dixon improved to 9-3 all-time against Iowa State.
  • TCU outrebounded Iowa State, 39-28. It improved to 13-2 this season when outrebounding its opponent and 94-28 under Dixon. 
  • TCU outshot Iowa State 49.0 percent to 30.9 percent. TCU improved to 11-0 this season and 94-20 under Dixon when outshooting its opponent. 
  • TCU’s shooting percentage (49.0) was its best in 11 games, since a 50 percent effort against Pepperdine. 
  • Iowa State’s shooting percentage (30.9) was the third-lowest by a TCU opponent in the Dixon era and the lowest since holding Florida to 30.6 percent shooting on Jan. 26, 2019.
  • It was also the third-lowest by an opponent in a TCU road game (since 1996-97) and the lowest since Texas Tech shot 29.9 percent on Jan. 17, 2015 in Lubbock. 
  • TCU led 34-23 at halftime. The Frogs improved to 11-2 this season and 89-19 under Dixon when leading at the half. 
  • Iowa State’s 44 points scored were the fewest by a TCU opponent in Big 12 play under Dixon. 
  • Iowa State’s 44 points were the fewest it has scored in Hilton Coliseum. The previous low was 45, set in 2018 against Tennessee. 
  • TCU led for 35:10 of the game. ISU led for 26 seconds.
  • TCU won the tip off and improved to 4-0 when it wins the opening tip. 

Individual Notes

  • Damion Baugh had seven steals, tied for the third most in TCU history. It was the 14th time that a Horned Frog had seven steals in a game. It was the most since Greedy Daniels had eight against Grambling State on Jan. 24, 2001. 
  • It was the most steals by a Big 12 player since Jevon Carter of West Virginia had nine against American on Nov. 15, 2017.
  • It was the most steals in a Big 12 game since Oklahoma State’s Byron Eaton had seven against Oklahoma on Feb. 27, 2006.
  • Baugh finished with a career-high 23 points. His previous high came when he played at Memphis when he had 15 points against Tulane on Dec. 30, 2019. 
  • Baugh was 11-of-17 from the field, the most made field goals of his career, exceeding his previous high of seven against Tulane on Dec. 30, 2019.
  • Baugh had a team-high five assists.
  • Chuck O’Bannon finished 1-for-3 from 3-point range. It was his eighth consecutive game with a made 3-pointer.
  • O’Bannon scored 10 points. It was his 10th game scoring in double-figures. 
  • Emanuel Miller had a team-high eight rebounds. It was the eighth time this season he led the team in rebounding. 


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