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Iowa State Drops Road Tilt Against Texas

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The Cyclones came back from an ultra-slow start, but weren’t able to pull it off at the buzzer.

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Texas never trailed in a 67-65 Longhorn victory over Iowa State on Tuesday night. The loss for ISU drops them to 14-9 on the year (6-5 conference) and UT improves to 10-14 (4-7).

The Cyclones started the game extremely cold from the field, only scoring eight points in the first 14 minutes of game action. Texas led 24-8 with 6:05 remaining in the first half, but then Iowa State rattled off 21 points to the Longhorns’ 11 to cut the deficit to 35-29 at the half.

Teams traded blows throughout the second half and ISU finally tied it up for the first time all game on a Deonte Burton 3-pointer from the right wing with 47 seconds left in the game. A Shaquille Cleare layup and running one-handed bank by Burton again knotted the score up at 65.

Texas got the ball with 15 seconds left and Matt Thomas fouled Jarrett Allen going for a rebound that would send Allen to the line for a 1-and-1. The star freshman made both free throws, meaning ISU would need two points to tie and three to win in the final seven seconds.

The Cyclones inbounded the ball, but UT had two fouls to give and used both of them to force ISU to inbound the ball with two seconds left from the sideline. Thomas got the ball at the top of the key on the inbound, had to side-step a Texas defender, then clanked a potential game-winning 3-pointer off the front iron to fall just short of giving Iowa State consecutive victories on the road.

Thomas led the way for ISU in the scoring column, getting 17 points on 50% shooting from the field. Also in double-figures for the Cyclones were Deonte Burton (13), Naz Mitrou-Long (12), and Monte Morris (10).

Iowa State’s next game is Saturday against Oklahoma in Hilton Coliseum. The game will tip at 5 p.m. and can be watched on ESPN2.