Three takeaways: Cyclones fall at Baylor

Iowa State senior Donovan Jackson drives into the lane during the first half against Maryland Eastern Shore in Hilton Coliseum.

Aaron Marner

Iowa State fell to 12-10 (3-7 Big 12) after its 81-67 loss at Baylor (13-10, 3-7 Big 12). The Cyclones are now tied for ninth in the Big 12 with eight games left in the regular season.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

Foul trouble

Iowa State suffered from some foul trouble throughout the game. It started early, when senior guard Donovan Jackson missed a good portion of the first half with two fouls.

The Cyclones committed a total of 12 fouls in the first half. All nine Cyclones who played in the first half picked up at least one foul, and four of them had two fouls.

Baylor had some foul issues of its own. The Bears totaled 10 first-half fouls, and two starters had two fouls. Both teams went to their bench early and often as a result of the foul trouble.

Lard picked up two quick fouls early in the second half. In the span of less than 20 seconds he went from two fouls to four, and was forced to sit for much of the second half.

Lard and Solomon Young both finished with four fouls.

Poor shooting night

Iowa State followed up one of its best shooting nights of the year with, well, the opposite.

Even though it was a close game and Iowa State held a 32-30 game at halftime, neither team shot efficiently.

In the first half, Iowa State hit 10-of-29 shots from the floor (34 percent). Lindell Wigginton was one of the bright spots, as he went 4-of-7 from the field. He was the only Cyclone at 50 percent or better in the first 20 minutes.

Baylor also struggled. They went 12-of-31 (39 percent) in the first half, so the Bears weren’t much more efficient than the Cyclones.

While Wigginton was efficient in the first half, he finished 4-of-14 from the floor. He didn’t score a point in the second half and the rest of the team couldn’t pick up where he left off.

Iowa State finished 23-of-67 (34 percent) from the floor.

Run dooms Cyclones

Iowa State got lit up early in the second half.

The Bears went on a 15-0 run over a stretch of less than three minutes.

At the beginning of the run, Iowa State led, 38-36. Thanks to some poor defense, foul trouble and a technical foul on coach Steve Prohm, Iowa State’s lead quickly evaporated and the Bears took a lead of 13 points.

Baylor hit all six of its shots from the floor in that stretch.

Even though Iowa State kept even with Baylor for much of the game besides that stretch, the 15-point run was too much. The Cyclones couldn’t overcome that deficit and trailed the rest of the game, mostly by double digits.

That 15-0 run was essentially the difference in Baylor’s 14-point win.