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No. 8 Iowa State Falls at Texas, 86-76

Release: 01/18/2014
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AUSTIN, Texas – No. 8 Iowa State’s comeback effort fell just short Saturday afternoon as the Cyclones lost to Texas 86-76 at the Frank Erwin Center. The loss drops Iowa State to 14-3 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12 while the Longhorns improved to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12.

Keys to the Game
For the second game in a row, Iowa State started the second half tied 36-36 with its opponent, today the Texas Longhorns. Georges Niang restored ISU’s lead to 44-43 after a 3-pointer before the game went three minutes without either team adding to the scoreboard. Texas broke the seal and went on an 8-0 run with Jonathan Holmes scoring six of those to give Texas its largest lead of the game at 51-44.

Iowa State re-built immediately with a 7-2 run, five points coming from Naz Long to get the game back to 53-51 in favor of Texas. The Longhorns, who had already gotten the majority of ISU’s post players in foul trouble, went back to the source as they let their big man Cameron Ridley score a lay-in, block a shot and then throw down a dunk on the break to put Texas back up 57-51.

Texas continued to pull away, racking up a 12-3 run after ISU got the lead down to five to produce its largest lead of the game at 75-61 with five minutes left. Iowa State stormed back with a 13-3 run to reduce the lead to four points with a minute left, but the Cyclones would not be able to get any closer.

Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
Georges Niang. Coming off one of the poorest shooting performances of his Iowa State career against Kansas on Monday, Niang put up one of his best perimeter shooting games in defeat. He finished with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including tying a career-high with four 3-pointers, six rebounds and five assists.

Cyclone Notes
*Melvin Ejim started his 107th career game, tying him for ninth in school history with Julius Michalik.
*Ejim has scored in double figures in all 15 of his games this season and in 19-straight games dating back to last season.
*Ejim finished with his fifth double-double of the season, his 27th of his career.
*Dustin Hogue made his first 3-point field goals in Big 12 play. His two 3-pointers marked his fourth game this season with at least two 3-pointers.
*Georges Niang finished with 18 points, his third-straight game scoring in double-figures and 14th of the season.
*Niang tied a career-high with four 3-point field goals.
*DeAndre Kane finished with 15 points, scoring in double figures in each of the last nine games.

Up Next
Iowa State receives a bye week, meaning the Cyclones will not take the court again next Saturday against Kansas State. It will be a matinee at Hilton Coliseum, with tipoff at 12:45 p.m. and the game being shown on the Big 12 Network.
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