12,000 Cyclones fans made the journey to Kansas City to watch our #7 nationally rated Cyclones win back to back Big XII titles. Baylor stood in the way, however, the Bears lost to the Cyclones by 21 in the regular season so it seemed to be no problem for those guys from Ames.
The Big XII Player of the Year, Jamaal Tinsley, scored eight points this entire game, going 3-15 from the floor on this Friday afternoon.
The Cyclones had twice as many turnovers (sixteen) as field goals (eight) in a sloppy first half, and then missed their first six shots of the second half.
Surprisingly, star Baylor player Terry Black (All-Big XII guard) was held to just one point. DeMarcus Minor, on the other hand, finished with 25 points.
The Cyclones went into the locker room down 29-19, hitting just 8 of their 23 shots.
Iowa State opened the second half missing their first six shots.
The Cyclones appeared to be making a move finally with about five minutes left when Tinsley hit a 3-pointer in a 7-0 run that made it 48-40. But then Tinsley fouled out.
Iowa State, with their Big XII Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Freshman of the Year (Sullivan) became the first No. 1 seed to lose its opening game in the Big 12 tournament.