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Iowa State Men fall at home to Texas

Iowa State Men fall at home to Texas

AMES, Iowa – Texas held on to defeat Iowa State 74-70 in overtime Monday night at Hilton Coliseum. The loss drops the Cyclones to 9-4 overall on the season, 0-2 in the Big 12. Texas is 10-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.

In defeat, Iowa State was led by 24 points from Donovan Jackson and a career-best night by Cameron Lard, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds in his third career double-double. Nick Weiler-Babbstuffed the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

Iowa State had a lead of as many as eight in the second half, but Texas rallied to pull back ahead in the dying moments. However, Jackson was able to force overtime with a bucket in the final seconds. Texas got ahead on the first possession, and despite pulling the scores level twice in the extra period, ISU was unable to make the final push back ahead.

How It Happened
Donovan Jackson drained ISU’s first two shots to get out to a 5-0 lead, and continued its aggression in breaking the UT press and attacking the rim against the Horns’ enormous inside presence to move ahead 13-7. The Longhorns got back into it from deep, going on a 9-0 run via a trio of 3-pointers to get ahead 16-13.

The rest of the half played out dead even, as neither team had a lead of more than one possession for the final 14 minutes of the period. The half featured seven ties and nine lead changes. Kerwin Roach II looked to have given UT a halftime lead with a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, but Roach picked up a taunting technical foul, with Jackson notching both free throws to knot it up at 31-31.

The Cyclones finally got some separation in the early minutes of the second, ripping off a 6-0 capped by a Cameron Lard lay-in to get ahead 41-36. Jackson struck again from deep to make it a six-point-lead at 44-38, and yet again to make it eight points at 49-41 to fire up the home faithful.

Texas pulled off an 8-0 run to knot it back up at 49s, but Lard responded with five in a row to push the Cyclone lead back to 54-49. The Horns pulled it back to 54-54, but Iowa State was able to roll back ahead to 58-54. An Eric Davis, Jr. 3-pointer pushed UT back ahead 59-58, but Jackson responded with a 3 at the top of the key to get ahead 61-59. Matt Coleman got a bucket the next possession to force an extra five minutes of hoops.

The Longhorns pulled ahead 67-63, but Iowa State knotted it back up with buckets from Lard and Jackson. Dylan Osetkowski drained his seventh 3-pointer of the night to give the visitors a three-point lead with 33.5 seconds remaining. After an empty ISU possession, Coleman held his nerve at the line to put the Horns up 72-67. Nick Weiler-Babb drained a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but ISU did not have enough time to break the UT lead.

Players of Note
Donovan Jackson
 bounced back from a two-point outing against Kansas State with 24 points, his sixth 20-point outing of the season. He shot 8-of-19 from the field, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range.

Cameron Lard had his best game as a Cyclone, marking his third career double-double with career-bests in points (21, his first career 20-point game) and rebounds (16). Lard also had three blocks.

As usual, Nick Weiler-Babb did a little bit of everything, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds and nine assists while playing all 45 minutes.

Cyclone Quick Hits
*Nick Weiler-Babb had nine assists, his 10th game of the season over five dimes.
*Cameron Lard‘s third career double-double saw him record a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds. His previous best were a pair of 15-point efforts and two 11-rebound outings.
*Donovan Jackson‘s 24 points were his ninth game of the season in double figures and 19th of his career. He now has six 20-point efforts in 2017-18.

Up Next
Iowa State hits the road for a Saturday showdown against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Tip between the Cyclones and Cowboys will be at 3 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena

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