AMES, Iowa- No. 8 Texas Tech (26-5, 14-4 Big 12) defeated Iowa State (20-11, 9-9 Big 12) 80-73 Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones gave the Big 12 champion Red Raiders all they could handle, but fell short in the hard-fought contest. The Red Raiders were able to overcome the Cyclone upset bid by making 11-of-26 from downtown, the third-straight game ISU has allowed its opponent to make 11 or more treys.
The Red Raiders were also perfect at the charity stripe, connecting on all 13 attempts.
Jarret Culver tallied a game-high 31 points for the Red Raiders.
How It Happened
Iowa State led at the break 36-34. The Cyclones raced out to an early 8-0 lead behind a pair of Shayok 3-pointers before Texas Tech settled down in a back-and-forth game with eight lead changes in the middle part of the first half.
Talen Horton-Tucker scored the final 10 points of the half for ISU, giving the home team a 36-28 lead with 1:11 left before intermission. However, the Red Raiders canned two treys in the final minute, one by Matt Mooney and the other by Davide Moretti at the buzzer to close the gap to 36-34.
A pair of baskets by Jacobson gave the Cyclones a 45-41 lead, but the Red Raiders promptly went on a 10-0 run to move ahead 51-45 with 12:07 remaining.
Shayok helped the Cyclones cut the deficit to two points (57-55) with five quick points, but Culver scored five-straight points to push the lead back up to 62-55 with under seven minutes remaining.
The Cyclones tied the game at 65-all with under four minutes left and the crowd came alive. However, the Red Raiders answered with seven-straight points to go up 72-65 with two minutes remaining.
ISU refused to go away. Shayok hit a big 3-pointer and Jacobson made one of two free-throws to make it 72-69 at the 1:10 mark. TTU made its free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Players of Note
Talen Horton-Tucker came off the bench to give the Cyclones juice, scoring 13 points in the contest. Horton-Tucker had a stretch where he scored 13-straight points for the Cyclones in the middle part of the contest. He was 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Marial Shayok was in double-figure scoring for the 28th time this season with 17 points. He was 6-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from downtown.
Iowa State heads to the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Iowa State is the 5-seed and will face Baylor on Thursday (March 14) at 11:30 a.m. CT.