Texas falters at No. 17 Iowa State 85-76

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm •  Published: February 18, 2014
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Texas coach Rick Barnes thought the Longhorns weren't tough enough early or smart enough late to beat Iowa State.

But missing 47 shots is what really killed Texas against the Cyclones.

Melvin Ejim scored 25 points and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help No. 17 Iowa State beat 19th-ranked Texas 85-76 on Tuesday night for its fifth victory in six games.

Georges Niang had 20 points for the Cyclones (20-5, 8-5 Big 12), who clinched their third straight 20-win season under coach Fred Hoiberg.

Iowa State outscored Texas 25-12 late in the second half to pull away and move within a game of the second-place Longhorns in the Big 12. They were keyed by Ejim, who had his second-best scoring game of the season.

Isaiah Taylor had 26 points to lead the Longhorns (20-6, 9-4), who've followed up a seven-game winning streak by splitting their last four.

The Longhorns shot just 33 percent from the floor, while Iowa State was 30 of 61.

"They didn't do one thing we didn't think they were going to do. We weren't tough enough to guard it, stop it," Barnes said. "We didn't execute what we had to do. We gave them a chance to get comfortable."

Even though Texas shot so poorly, it still hit some big shots in the second half.

The Longhorns could barely miss from the line either.

Javan Felix hit a 3 to match a crowd-energizing one from Matt Thomas, and Connor Lammert did as well with Iowa State on the verge of going ahead by double digits with 8:08 left.

Texas also hit its first 16 free throws and 23 of 25 overall to hang close. But Jonathan Holmes finally missed with 6:26 left, and Niang's ensuing putback gave Iowa State a 75-65 lead.

Holmes and Cameron Ridley, who combined for 39 points and 18 rebounds in an 86-76 Texas win over Iowa State last month, teamed up for just 18 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday.