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Cyclones Grind Out Win Over Texas

It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State finished up a perfect week of Big 12 action with a 65-60 win over Texas on Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones improved to 6-3 in the conference and 17-5 overall.

The game looked like it could turn into a blowout early, as Iowa State made a few threes in to take a 22-9 lead in the 1st half, but Texas managed to drag the game down to their preferred style, pulling back within 4 by the end of the first half.

Iowa State held a not totally comfortable lead throughout the 2nd half, and Texas took a 3 point lead with about 6 minutes left, but the Cyclones quickly rebounded with a Nick Weiler-Babb three and 4-point play from Lindell Wigginton. Marial Shayok had his worst day in a Cyclone uniform, but hit a jump shot to push the lead to 5 points in the final minute, and made some clutch free throws to put the game away.

Talen Horton-Tucker lead the way with 15 points on 6-13 shooting, and despite shooting just 3-14 Shayok scored 12 points. Cameron Lard chipped in 11 points off the bench.

The comparisons to the K-State game were inevitable, but thankfully on this day Iowa State was able to hit enough free throws to finish this one off. Next up is a road trip to take on a struggling Oklahoma team on Monday night.