The Cyclones fell despite getting a 20-point, 16-rebound performance by Melvin Ejim. Ejim kept the Cyclones in this game by crashing the boards. This was a back-and-forth game in regulation and both overtimes until Texas prevailed. The Cyclones had many chance to win this game, but their strategy of fouling the Longhorns didn’t work out the way they wanted. The Cyclones did have the lead at half, but a Texas run in the second half kept this game closer than many thought it would be.
Iowa State was leading by six points with four minutes left in regulation, but the Longhorns fought back with a run of their own. The Cyclones were up by three, until Loannis Papaetrou hit a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
The Cyclones had trouble closing the deal and let this game slip away from them. They had a chance to tie, but Chris Babb’s three-pointer with five seconds left missed, and Texas’ Connor Lammert scrapped for the long rebound.
The Longhorns, thanks to Sheldon McClellan, slipped away with the victory. McClellan had all of Texas’ 10 points in the second overtime, and had a key steal which led to his two free throws in the final seconds to seal this win.
The Cyclones will travel back home and get ready for the TCU Horned Frogs when they visit on Saturday. The Big 12 is shaping up to be a good fight in the next few weeks. Right now, anyone has a chance to take the crown away from Kansas except for the bottom three TCU, Texas and Texas Tech.
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