By: Jacob Lee
The date was December 18th,1982. The Place? James H. Hilton Coliseum. On this day in history was the last time the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University beat the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames. Tonight the Cyclones (16-9) took on and handled TCU (16-9) 84-71. Now running the streak to 36 straight years since TCU has beaten the Cyclones in Ames.
Heading into the game ISU was looking to avenge a loss in Fort Worth in which they were beaten 84-77 by the same TCU team. In that game, TCU stud Vladimir Brodziansky dominated the Cyclones for 25 points and 14 rebounds. However, tonight was a different story for the Slovakian star. ISU did a great job of keeping him in check. Brodziansky scored 11 points and only grabbed 7 rebounds, and also only playing 22 minutes. The Horned Frogs also shot themselves in the foot by committing 19 turnovers on the night. However, ISU was only able to score 17 points off of those 19 turnovers.
However, the story of the night was the outstanding night that three of Iowa States seniors had this evening. Senior point guard Monte Morris had a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists on 5-11 shooting and 2-4 from downtown. Forward Deonte Burton also chipped in 18 points on 6-9 shooting including a thunderous dunk that got the whole crowd rocking. Tonight’s game MVP was clearly Naz Mitrou-Long. Long came out hot, and stayed hot hitting 7 threes on 12 attempts, shooting 8-13 overall. Long finished with 25 points and he even pulled down seven key rebounds. After tonight’s win, the Cyclones improved to 17-9 on the year and 9-5 in Big 12 play and are now tied for the second place in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Next up, the Cyclones take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders down in Lubbock. So far this year the Red Raiders have only lost two home games. The Cyclones look to improve to 10-5 in conference play and 18-9 overall while bolstering their NCAA Tournament resume with a key road win. You can catch the game at 8 P.M. on ESPNU.