Cyclones fall 71-66 on road to Aggies

Chris Cuellar

Iowa State played No. 21 Texas A&M tight on the road Wednesday night, but lost 71-66 after failing to take over in the game’s final minutes.

The Cyclones (14-12, 1-10) scrapped against the Aggies (20-5, 7-4) in the paint all night and came back from 11 points down to take the lead in the second half. The Aggies would let the Cyclones keep the game close in the final five minutes, but in the clutch times Iowa State’s shooting percentage dropped to 44.8 percent for the night. Texas A&M shot 50.9 percent Wednesday.

Texas A&M’s senior forward Nathan Walkup was the games leading scorer, putting in 19 points on just 12 shots from the field. Iowa State had four players in double-digits scoring, led by Jake Anderson’s 18 points.

Iowa State was missing starting forward Jamie Vanderbeken in College Station, after he suffered an ankle injury at Kansas on Saturday. The 6-foot-11-inch senior could have provided some much-needed size against Texas A&M’s interior depth, as the Aggies were No. 5 in the nation in rebound margin. Despite being out-manned, Hoiberg’s club grabbed tough rebounds and actually out-rebounded A&M 33-32.

Freshman forward Calvin Godfrey started in place of Vanderbeken, in his first game back from a three-game suspension. Godfrey put up 11 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes of action, but fouled out in the second half.

Iowa State’s next match-up will be against No. 20 Missouri at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.