Longhorns end Iowa State’s season in first round of Big 12 Tournament


Iowa State freshman Cameron Lard celebrates after a made shot by a teammate during the first half against Texas.

Aaron Marner

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Iowa State (13-18, 4-14 Big 12) fell to Texas (19-13, 8-10 Big 12) in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament today by a final score of 68-64. The loss ends Iowa State’s season.

Iowa State and Texas both started slow offensively, but it was the Cyclones who broke the cold spell first. Iowa State used a 7-for-7 shooting run to take a 26-18 lead with 7:17 to go in the first half, forcing Texas to call a timeout.

Cameron Lard had the hot hand for Iowa State early, scoring six of his team’s first nine points.

Both teams warmed up as the half came to a close. Lindell Wigginton, Iowa State’s leading scorer at over 16 points per game, didn’t score for the first 10 minutes. Then, he scored nine of Iowa State’s next 11 points in just a few minutes.

Texas used an 8-0 run to take a 34-31 halftime lead. Wigginton led Iowa State with nine points and seven boards. The Cyclones were mainly plagued by 11 turnovers and their nine allowed offensive rebounds.

Dylan Osetkowski led Texas with 13 points in the first half. Jericho Sims had 10 rebounds.

Iowa State couldn’t make it happen in the second half.

The Cyclones grabbed a 45-44 lead at the under-12 timeout, but Texas didn’t let them extend the lead.

Both teams went back and forth, trading baskets, but neither team able to pull away beyond a small lead.

Texas scored on a loose ball scramble to take a six-point lead with under four minutes to go, and the Cyclones couldn’t bring it back from there. Texas’ Matt Coleman hit the dagger with just over 40 seconds remaining to seal the deal.

Wigginton finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. Lard tallied 14 points. Zoran Talley Jr. added 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.