Holmes powers Texas over No. 8 Iowa State 86-76

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm •  Published: January 18, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Week by week, win by win, Texas keeps gaining confidence.

And the latest, an impressive victory over No. 8 Iowa State, has the Longhorns looking like a very dangerous team in the Big 12.

Jonathan Holmes scored 23 points and Cam Ridley had 16 points and 11 rebounds as Texas overpowered the struggling Cyclones 86-76 on Saturday.

It took Texas (14-4, 3-2) nearly a month to get its first Big 12 win last season, the program's first losing season in 15 years. A 0-2 start in league play had the look of a similar dismal finish, but the Longhorns have now won three in a row.

"We feel we're as good as anybody when we put our best on the floor," Texas guard Javan Felix said.

The schedule will keep testing that with Kansas State, Baylor and Kansas in the next three games. But it's clear Texas can make trouble for any team on the right day.

"I told our guys, 'We'll see how we handle it,'" Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

Felix scored 17, including a big 3-pointer in the momentum-changing run in the second half and a layup in the final minute that helped the Longhorns protect their lead. Texas also protected the ball as well as it has all season with just eight turnovers.

The Cyclones are headed in the opposite direction after a 14-0 start. Against Texas, the Iowa State (14-3, 2-3) struggled to find scoring when 3-pointers misfired and couldn't match the physical presence of Holmes and Ridley in the second half.

Georges Niang scored 18 to lead Iowa State, which hadn't lost three in a row since the 2010-11 season.

Melvin Ejim scored 17 for the Cyclones, who went 11 of 32 on 3-pointers. DeAndre Kane, who scored at least 20 in the previous three games, scored 15 against Texas and disappeared from the Cyclones' offense for long stretches.

Iowa State, which shot just 39 percent, hasn't won in Austin since 2005.