Cyclones drop third straight

As George Niang put it in his postgame interview, it is time for Iowa State (14-3, 2-3) to go back to the drawing board. After getting off to a 14-0 start, the Cyclones traveled to Texas (14-4, 3-2) on Saturday and lost their third straight game, this one an 86-76 final. 

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Turnovers were the story in Austin. Iowa State committed 18 of them compared to only eight by the Longhorns. Iowa State’s All-American point guard candidate DeAndre Kane accounted for seven of them.

Iowa State was led by Niang, who bounced back from a 4-for-20 performance in last Monday’s loss to Kansas, with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Melvin Ejim had 17 and 10 for the Cyclones.

Jonathan Holmes led Texas with 23 points on a 9-for-13 day at the office.

The only positive coming from the loss is that Iowa State now has a bye in front of it to regroup.

"This team has got to stay together," Fred Hoiberg said after the game on the Cyclone Radio Network. "That is the big message." 

The Cyclones will not take the floor again until next Saturday when Kansas State comes to town for a 12:45 tip.  The Wildcats beat West Virginia 78-56 on Saturday. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.