AMES, Iowa — At first, Iowa State tried to give Saturday’s game away by missing from point-blank range and turning it over. Texas wouldn’t take it.
Then, the Cyclones tried to hit the gas pedal with an 11-0 run down the stretch. But the Longhorns wouldn’t fall back then, either. Courtney Ramey and Kerwin Roach II both hit 3-pointers to keep Texas in the game.
Finally, it came down to two possessions. Trailing by three, UT’s Matt Coleman, who helped the Horns take the lead, missed a runner. Then, Iowa State’s Marial Shayok hit a long jumper to make the difference in the 20th-ranked Cyclones’ 65-60 victory at Hilton Coliseum.
Texas (12-10, 4-5 Big 12) got even production across the board but couldn’t pull off the upset. Roach had a team-high 19 points while Coleman added 13 and Jaxson Hayes had 10. The Horns were 6-for-23 from 3-point range and had 13 turnovers.
This was a weird day for Coleman. He had two layups wiped away by the officials and two fouls in the first half. One of those was for literally nothing, other than he put his hand out on the Iowa State ball-handler. But the sophomore still had three assists in the first half and kept his wits about him in the second. His corner 3-pointer with 7:07 left was huge, as was hit teardrop floater on the next possession. This was the aggressive Coleman that coach Shaka Smart has been dying to see.
Little things matter. Dylan Osetkowski could have easily let a ball go out of bounds for a Texas turnover in the second half. But he leaped after it, tried to throw it back inbounds and the ball went off an Iowa State player and Texas kept control. Ramey smartly trailed the play and was in the right place to grab a rebound after Shayok missed an alley-oop layup attempt. Coleman was in the right spot, ready to catch the ball and bury a 3-pointer that gave Texas a 46-45 lead with 7:07 remaining. It was UT’s first lead of the day.
It was minus-20 degrees this week in Iowa as the “Polar vortex” had the Midwest in its icy grip. At least it warmed up on Saturday, getting into the high 40s. Here in Ames, that’s practically shorts and T-shirt weather. But the Horns were ice cold to start the day. In the first five-plus minutes, Texas was 1-for-7 shooting, 0-for-4 from 3-point range and had four turnovers. Coleman had two buckets wiped off the board, and a Ramey 3-pointer from the right corner went in and out. Iowa State used an 11-0 run to build up a 22-9 lead.
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UT’s perimeter defense has been shaky all season, and that’s really a problem against a team like Iowa State. The Cyclones, the second-best 3-point shooting team in the league, love to bomb away from downtown. Fortunately for Texas, the home team was a tad off early. Nick Weiler-Babb and Talen Horton-Tucker both hit two 3-pointers in the first half, but Iowa State as a team was 5-for-14 beyond the arc.
Texas has yet to face one of the Big 12’s most intriguing teams, Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears. That changes when the two teams play their first matchup at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Erwin Center. Baylor had won five straight, including a non-conference win over Alabama, before Saturday’s game against TCU.
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