Melvin Ejim was a god in Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, willing Iowa State to victory, 84-69, after nearly hanging half a century on TCU.
Ejim finished with 48 points and 18 rebounds, both career highs. It was his third straight game with a double-double, and 30th in his career. Those 48 points are the most scored by an individual in a game in Big 12 history.
The efficiency was unreal by Ejim. He made 20-of-24 field goals. In comparison, the Horned Frogs (9-13, 0-10) were 21-of-56 from the field as a team. They finished with a slightly lower than their average field goal percentage (37.5).
As much as it could be said that Ejim single-handedly beat down TCU, plenty of it was thanks to all the assists. Eventually, the Cyclones (18-4, 6-4) just fed Ejim the ball, and the team ultimately had 27 assists on 32 field goals made.
If it wasn’t for Ejim, Iowa State would have had a rough day against TCU. The rest of the team was 12-of-36 from the field, and only Georges Niang was the other Cyclone to reach double-digits, and it didn’t happen until late in the game.
TCU stayed in the game with 3-point shooting, making five 3-pointers in the second half and finishing with 9-of-23 from the perimeter. They had a better percentage from 3-point range (39.1 percent) than overall from the field.
Both teams were great with assists on field goals made; TCU had 18 assists on their 21 made shots. Turnovers also slowed down as Iowa State pulled away, and both teams combined for 23 giveaways (the Cyclones had 12).
- Both Matt Thomas and Naz Long struggled offensively. They both made a 3-pointer, but were a combined 3-of-13 from the field.
- Kyan Anderson had another amazing day for TCU, finishing with 27 points and eight assists. He went 4-of-8 from 3-point range and made all nine free throw attempts.
- Amric Fields from TCU continues to improve. He also made four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists with zero turnovers.