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Iowa State men remain unbeaten after 73-62 win over Texas Tech

This news story was published on January 4, 2014.
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logo_iowa_state_cyclonesLUBBOCK, Texas – No. 13 Iowa State lost a 17-point lead, but was able to put it all back together and prevail 73-62 over Texas Tech Saturday afternoon in United Spirit Arena. The Cyclones maintained its undefeated 13-0 record, 1-0 in Big 12 play, while simultaneously tying a school record with a 13-game winning streak, the other one coming in 1999-00. Texas Tech drops to 8-6 on the season, 0-1 in Big 12 play.

With less than a minute left in the first half, Iowa State took its biggest lead of the game at 44-27. However, combined with the end of the first half and the start of the second half, Texas Tech fought its way back into the game with a 18-4 run to reduce the ISU lead to 48-45.

A pair of DeAndre Kane free throws increased the ISU lead to 50-45, but the Red Raiders responded again and Jaye Crockett hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key to tie the game at 50-50 and get the United Spirit Arena crowd on its feet.

Iowa State was able to get back ahead as DeAndre Kane recorded his fourth steal of the afternoon and dished to Monté Morris for a lay-in and a foul to re-establish ISU’s lead at 53-50. After multiple dry possessions for each side, Melvin Ejim hit a 3-pointer to expand the ISU lead to 56-50. Iowa State’s next possession resulted in a Naz Long lay-in to make the ISU lead eight points.

In the early stages of the first half, the key for the Cyclones was balanced scoring. All of ISU’s starting five got involved early, with Georges Niang hitting a 3-pointer and all the other starters chipping in two points in the first five minutes of the contest.

After the Cyclones got its first double-figures lead of the game on a Matt Thomas 3-pointer to make the score 29-18, the Red Raiders battled back with a 6-0 run to reduce the ISU lead to 29-24. Iowa State re-took control of the game with a 15-3 run capped off by another Thomas 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half to give ISU its largest lead of the game at 44-27. Tech’s Jordan Tolbert got a dunk to TTU’s last possession to put the halftime score at 44-29.

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