AMES, Iowa -- TCU coach Trent Johnson playfully prodded the Iowa State media contingent during his postgame remarks Saturday afternoon. While extolling the ISU team, and its chances in the postseason, Johnson referred to them as the Hawkeyes.
The assembled media remained politely silent for a few beats, before Johnson acknowledge the elephant in the room.
"Nobody caught that, huh? Johnson asked, eliciting a chorus of laughter. "I was waiting on somebody to get upset."
On the court, however, there was no such Midwestern politeness. Iowa State deluged TCU from all over the court and handed the Frogs an 87-53 loss in front of about 10,000 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
The 34-point loss was TCU's largest of the season, and follows the Frogs' 27-point loss Monday at Oklahoma. TCU's offense, at least, seems to have taken a step back since upsetting Kansas on Feb. 6.
"I don't know what to tell you other than the fact that there's been three times in league play where we've been really non-competitive from start to finish, and I think this was one of them," Johnson said.
The Cyclones (17-8, 7-5 Big 12) won their 21st consecutive home game in impressive fashion. ISU made 14 of 29 3-point attempts and shot almost 52 percent from the field. The 14 3s match a season high for the Cyclones.
The Frogs couldn't keep up, especially from the outside. TCU (10-15, 1-11) was 6 of 25 from the 3-point arc and shot below 40 percent overall. Kyan Anderson led TCU with 11 points and had a career-high eight assists. But Anderson and Garlon Green struggled from the perimeter, combining to make 7 of 26 shots, including 4 of 18 on 3s.
TCU trailed 24-21 with 4:30 left in the first half before ISU's 12-0 run ran its lead to 15 at the break. The run came in bursts of three. Georges Niang, Korie Lucious and Chris Babb pulled up for 3s, while Tyrus McGee converted a 3-point play after being fouled on a lay-up.
ISU nearly had two more points before the halftime buzzer when Lucious stole the ball from Anderson with two seconds remaining for a lay-up. After reviewing video, officials determined time had expired before the shot.
Niang led the Cyclones with 19 points, including 10 in the first half despite picking up two early fouls. Will Clyburn scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half and had a game-high eight rebounds as ISU controlled the boards 41-27. McGee made was 4 of 7 on 3s and finished with 15 points.
"It was us spacing the floor and controlling the glass," Niang said. "When we spaced the floor we got back to doing what we do, and we're a real hard team to guard."
TCU shot a season-low 29.4 percent (5 of 17) from the free-throw line while ISU made 17 of 20.
The Frogs host Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.