Cyclones fall in trap game against Texas Tech


Photo: Blake Lanser/Iowa State Daily

ISU guard Will Clyburn drives down the court to avoid a Texas player during the second half of the Cyclones’ game against the Longhorns on Jan. 12, 2013. The Cyclones won against the Longhorns with a score of 82-62.

Alex Halsted

Iowa State fell into the trap.

Despite being heavily favored, the ISU men’s basketball team (13-5, 3-2 Big 12) lost to Texas Tech (9-8, 2-4) 56-51 on Wednesday. 

The Cyclones trailed 28-25 at halftime behind seven turnovers and slow shooting. The team went just 9-of-24 from the field and 4-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half. 

The second half, however, started quickly for Iowa State. The Cyclones scored the first eight points out of the break to take the lead. That run wasn’t enough to help Iowa State pull away, though, as the Red Raiders were able to make their own shots to stick in the game before eventually retaking the lead. 

Texas Tech took a 48-47 lead with 3:25 remaining in the game and never looked back. Iowa State finished the game with 11 turnovers and made just 18-of-50 shots in its lowest scoring game of the season.

The Cyclones struggled from beyond the arc for a second consecutive game going just 6-of-23 on 3-pointers. The team was led in scoring by guard Will Clyburn, who scored 12 points. 

Iowa State will next play No. 11 Kansas State at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. in that game.