Cyclones crush Texas; win 20th game of season

AMES — It wasn’t a must-win, but it sure as heck was a big win. 

Iowa State (20-5, 8-5) played 40 minutes of high intensity basketball to avenge its January loss to Texas (20-6, 9-4) on Tuesday night in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones sent the second-place Longhorns back to Austin with an 85-76 defeat. 

After turning the ball over a season-high 18 times against Texas in round one, Iowa State only committed six in its second meeting with the Longhorns. Melvin Ejim led the way for Iowa State with 25 points and eight rebounds. DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang each broke the 20-point barrier as well with 22 and 20 respectively. 

Up next for the Cyclones is a Saturday afternoon road trip to TCU. The game will tip at 3 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2.  

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.