Coming off of a huge win against Kansas on Saturday, the Cyclones laid an egg in Waco. It was pretty typical for a team who has only won at Baylor once since 2008.
Iowa State started off pretty good, even with a few missed bunnies. But they were still up by seven points until Cameron Lard left the game with an ankle injury. The game changed from that point on.
Fueled by Devonte Bandoo, Baylor closed the first half on a 22-7 run to give them an eight point lead at half.
Iowa State looked a lot better at the beginning of the second half, quickly tying the game. That resurgence was led by Marial Shayok, who had 19 points on the night. The rest game was tight until the very end. Both teams traded blows.
However, Baylor had more blows to deal. Especially, Makai Mason, who had a career high 25 points. He responded to almost every shot Iowa State made down the stretch.
Going into the final minute, the game was knotted at 66. That is where things went downhill for the Cyclones. Iowa State started off the final minute by getting a crucial stop and got the ball back. That was until one of the most egregious calls I have ever seen occurred. Marial Shayok grabbed a rebound before a Baylor player clearly reached in and got a “jump ball.”
Baylor proceeded to a hit couple free throws after Solomon Young gave up a very bad rebound on a different free throw.
Iowa State and Baylor traded field goals and free throws until Nick Weiler-Babb drove down the court trailing by three with five seconds left. He chucked up a bad three that he appeared to be fouled on that ended the game. Iowa State lost the game 73-70.
As stated earlier, Shayok led the team in scoring with 19. Jacobson and Wigginton were the only others in double figures, both ending the day with 11. It’s also worth stating that Talen Horton-Tucker finally came to life with two huge triples towards the end of the game.
This was a bad loss for Iowa State, no doubt. But there is a long way to go and it all starts on Saturday against Kansas State. They will take on the Wildcats at Hilton at 11:00.