LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg knows how tough it is to quell a momentum shift and he was glad his 13th-ranked Cyclones succeeded in stemming Texas Tech's in a 73-62 victory Saturday.
"I will say one of the hardest things to do in sports is to stop a momentum run and we found a way to do it and reverse it and finish out the game," Hoiberg said. "We allowed them an opportunity to get in the game. Texas Tech turned into the aggressive team that we had controlled for the first 20 minutes."
Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to lead Iowa State, which extended its winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The win was the second in Lubbock for Iowa State in the past eight games.
Jaye Crockett had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dusty Hannahs added 16 points to lead Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1).
The Cyclones came into the game averaging just over nine 3-pointers but managed only five against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech held Iowa State 15 points below its average.
Texas Tech tied the Cyclones at 50 on a 3-pointer by Crockett at 12:33 of the second half but the Red Raiders never took a lead.
Niang was 7 of 16 from the field and matched teammate Dustin Hogue with seven rebounds to lead the Cyclones.
Texas Tech outrebounded Iowa State, which came into the game second in the conference in rebounds (42.2), finishing with a 34-31 advantage. The Cyclones had 13 second-chance points to nine for the Red Raiders.
Hannahs saw small mistakes that took their toll.
"We feel like we can play with anybody, but just little errors is the fine line between winning and you can't make the mistakes," he said. "We've gotten a lot better at toning down our mistakes and turnovers but we've still got room for improvement."
The Cyclones' shooting waned in the second half and the Red Raiders opened the second half on a 14-4 run, including a 3-pointer and a dunk by Jordan Tolbert and two 3s by Hannahs, to whittle the lead to 46-40. The Cyclones made just two of their first 10 shots from the field in the second half.