Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb, center, drives between Texas defenders Jarrett Allen (31) and Eric Davis Jr. (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Texas, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

At The Buzzer: Texas 67, Iowa State 65

Posted February 7th, 2017


Iowa State certainly looked like it was in full post-Kansas hangover mode falling behind by 17 points on Tuesday against Texas.

But the Cyclones came storming back and made it a one-point game with less than four minutes to play, stunning the Erwin Center crowd that was desperate to see the home team get a rare Big 12 win.

Texas senior Kendal Yancy appeared to give his group the edge with a running, two-handed jam. But Deonte Burton fired back with a sizzling 3-pointer, tying the game with 47 seconds left.


Jarrett Allen’s two free throws with 7.2 seconds left made the difference, though. The Longhorns held their breath as Matt Thomas’ off-balance 3-pointer went awry and they celebrated a 67-65 win.

Texas (10-14, 4-7 Big 12) shot 44 percent overall and got 17 points from Allen and 12 from Shaq Cleare, including a big bucket with 29.3 seconds left. Iowa State (14-9, 6-5) had four players finish in double figures.


With a handful of NBA scouts in attendance, Allen gave them something to think about. Allen scored on his customary inside moves. He showed a new sky hook after moving to his left a few feet outside of his normal range. Allen opened the second half with six straight points, then missed two 3-pointers and had a frustration foul. Still, an overall solid night for the 6-foot-11 freshman.


Every player dressing in the visitor’s locker room probably felt like doing a heat check Tuesday after the Cyclones drilled 18 3-pointers against the Jayhawks. But Iowa State came back down to Earth statistically against UT. Thomas hit five from beyond the arc, but the team as a whole was 9 for 25.


A team that needed something good to happen early could not have been happier. The Longhorns came out red hot, hitting six of their first nine shots and taking a 13-3 lead. Kerwin Roach Jr. had a follow-up slam, and Jarrett Allen scored twice. That lead eventually mushroomed to 22-5. This was all happening without much from Andrew Jones, who started the game 1 for 7.


Talk about a bad omen. Jacob Young’s only shot of the first half was an air-balled 3-pointer as Texas led 30-13. From that point on, the Cyclones turned up the juice. Burton scored on a run-out dunk as part of a 9-0 run. Minutes later, Burton fired a bullet pass to Matt Thomas in the right corner for a wide-open trey. Iowa State’s 14-1 run closed the gap down to four.


The Longhorns have two consecutive games north of the Red River. First comes Saturday’s road trip to Oklahoma State, a team current riding a five-game winning streak. Guard Jawun Evans is shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. Then comes a Valentine’s Day game with UT’s longtime nemesis Oklahoma in Norman. The Sooners are 8-14 this season and struggling just like the Horns.

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