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Cyclones Comeback Falls Short Against TCU, 89-83

Lack of bench players hurt late in the game.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Iowa State Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

In a season filled with adversity, the Cyclones came into tonight’s game vs TCU facing more challenges than usual. First off, Donovan Jackson’s father passed away last Saturday, so emotions have been running high all week with the team. Combine that with Solomon Young and Nick Weiler-Babb being shut down for the season, and you have a recipe for a young team to struggle.

The first half proved to everyone watching that this team does indeed have talent to compete when everything is working. The Cyclones led for most of the first half on the back of Donovan Jackson’s 17 points. Cameron Lard added in 10 points of his own.

The second half was not quite so sunny, as TCU’s depth began to take over and overwhelm the clearly exhausted Cyclones. Ultimately, a TCU run in the middle of the half to take a 7 point lead ended up being the fatal blow, as the Cyclones were unable to close the gap.

One notable bright spot was Terrence Lewis, a freshman who had not gotten much playing time up to this point. While he did show his experience at times, it was easy to see that he was gaining confidence and becoming more comfortable as they game went on. Fans should be looking forward to seeing how develops going forward.

Next up is the annual road trip to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers on Saturday.