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Cyclones Struggle and Lose to Baylor 67-81

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At least Lard’s dunk looked cool.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Baylor Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor won the tip and after 11 seconds, they’d find themselves up 2-0. Cameron Lard would open the Cyclone tap up with a basket, followed by two Solomon Young free throws that would put the Cyclones up 4-2. Manu Lecomte would “start to heat up” by hitting back to back shots for Baylor.

At the 16:34 mark, Lard would record his 41st block on the season, which goes down as the record for most blocks by a freshman at Iowa State. Jared Homan previously held the record with 40.

Baylor started 4-4, but they followed it up by going 0-9. Lindell Wigginton tied the game at 8. Lecomte finally broke the drought for Baylor, but Wigginton responded with a quick 3. King McClure got a steal and a breakaway layup. Jeff Beverly got fouled, went 0-2 at the charity stripe, and he also attempted a three. McClure would make a 3 and the Bears were up 17-11. A Terrence Lewis jump shot made it 13-17, and then a little later, Lard had an outstanding dunk as seen in the featured video below.

This dunk would be followed by a Wigginton 3, and Zoran Talley tied it at 21 (8-0 run for ISU). Young got a little shook up down low trying to get a rebound. Donovan Jackson hit two free thows to put ISU up 27-26. Talley hit a 3, and then Wigginton connected on two free throws to put the Cyclones up 32-29. We almost got to see Air Terrence Lewis, but he was stuffed at the rim and didn’t convert.

Iowa State would go into the break with a 32-30 lead.

Donovan Jackson connected on a 3 following a hustle drive early in the 2nd half. Cam Lard got to the four foul mark at 15:56 remaining, which meant Hans Brase had to go in. Baylor would proceed to go on a 15-0 run and then a technical was called on “Scott” Prohm. Talley broke the run with a layup to cut it to 40-51.

Lewis hit a three and Talley had a layup to cut it to eight (47-55). The Bears would keep pulling away, and Jackson’s three with 5 minutes to go didn’t make a dent and the Cyclones would stay down.

Jakolby Long hit a three at 2:04 left, to cut the lead to 11 (63-74). The Cyclones weren’t able to do much of anything and they would lose 67-81.

Next up? At #10 Texas Tech on Wednesday.