TCU Beats Iowa State 81-79 in OT in Big 12 Opener
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — R.J. Nembhard scored the first four points of overtime after forcing the extra period with a 3-pointer from near the center court logo, lifting TCU to an 81-79 win over Iowa State in a Big 12 opener Saturday night.
Nembhard scored a career-high 31 points, including the shot he banked in from near the halfcourt line with 1.7 seconds left in regulation after missing a free throw that would have tied the score with 10 seconds remaining.
The sophomore guard, who won a game against UC Irvine in November with a 3 in the final seconds, also had a tying 3 in the final minute for the Horned Frogs (10-3).
Tyrese Haliburton had a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Cyclones (7-6), but his 40-foot heave at the buzzer in overtime grazed the rim after TCU’s Kevin Samuel missed two free throws.
Haliburton broke a 67-all tie with a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining, and Iowa State went in front again with 15 seconds left on a pair of free throws from George Conditt, who scored 19 points.
Haliburton hit two free throws for a 74-71 lead with eight seconds to go after Nembhard’s miss from the line, but Nembhard atoned when he took the inbound pass, dribbled past a screen near midcourt and pulled up for his tying shot.
Nembhard made one of two free throws for the first point of overtime before hitting a 3 for a 78-74 lead with 2:25 to go.
Desmond Bane, TCU’s leading scorer, had 16 points in the first half, picking up his fourth foul with 13 minutes to go. Samuel had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Rasir Bolton scored 17 for Iowa State.
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Iowa State: An upset loss to Florida A&M in the final game before Big 12 play wasn’t too shocking considering the absence of Haliburton because of a sprained left wrist. And his strong game against the Horned Frogs at least showed the Cyclones they have a chance to compete in the Big 12.
TCU: The Horned Frogs won their Big 12 opener for the second straight year after losing their first six. This one was big considering TCU was picked to finish last by the coaches in their preseason poll.
Iowa State: No. 3 Kansas at home Wednesday.
TCU: First true road game of the season at Kansas State on Tuesday.