AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (2-19, 0-16 Big 12) fell to No. 15 Texas (15-7, 9-6 Big 12), 81-67, Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum.
How It Happened
It was an up and down first half for the Cyclones in their final home game of the 2020-21 season. Texas came out of the gates fast, scoring the game’s first eight points, on two baskets each by Jericho Sims and Matt Coleman III.
Iowa State battled back, finding success from beyond the 3-point line. Triples by Jalen Coleman-Lands, Tyler Harris and Jaden Walker helped to spark a 13-3 Cyclone spurt. Walker’s 3-pointer gave Iowa State’s its first lead of the game at 13-11 with 13:11 to play in the first half. However, the Longhorns responded with a furious 17-0 run over a span of 2:54. Iowa State went 0-of-7 from the field during that stretch, as Texas built a 28-13 lead.
The Cyclones once again mounted a response, and began to shave away at the deficit as the half ticked away. Javan Johnson knocked down a jump shot to halt the run, and later scored consecutive Cyclone baskets to help ISU outscore Texas 11-2 down the stretch. Greg Brown scored for the Longhorns in the half’s final seconds to give UT a 38-28 halftime lead.
Coleman-Lands gave the Cyclone offense a terrific boost in the second half. The senior’s shot-making was on display, as he kept Iowa State within striking distance for most of the period.
The Texas lead was trimmed to eight on multiple occasions after the intermission, but Texas found a way to wrestle back momentum each time. A Coleman-Lands triple, followed by a dunk for George Conditt made the score 63-55 with 6:55 to play.
However, that was as close as the Cyclones would get, with Texas staving off a late ISU rally. Coleman-Lands finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-7 on 3-point attempts. The senior added three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Iowa State travels to Lubbock, Texas to take on No. 18 Texas Tech on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.