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Cyclones hang around, come up short against No. 4 Texas

Feb 1, 2020; Austin, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guards Tre Jackson (3) and Donovan Williams (4) go after a rebound in the first half of the game against the Texas Longhorns at Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State has fallen to 0-4 in Big 12 play.

The Cyclones did enough to hang around on Tuesday against No. 4 Texas in Austin, but fell 78-72 when a last-minute comeback attempt came up short. Steve Prohm’s team dropped to 2-6 overall.

Javan Johnson led the way for the Cyclones by scoring 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting with five rebounds and three assists. He was joined in double-figures by Solomon Young (13 points, eight rebounds), Rasir Bolton (10 points, three assists, five turnovers) and Jalen Coleman-Lands (10 points on 4-of-11 shooting).

Iowa State jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the game and led 16-15 with a little more than 10 minutes left in the first half, but a five-minute scoring drought for the Cyclones allowed the Longhorns to take control of the game for good.

That inconsistency in scoring continues to plague Iowa State while its defense has steadily improved since Big 12 play began. The Longhorns scored only 10 points during the five-minute stretch and struggled to get solid open looks of their own.

Texas was led by 23 points from Andrew Jones while Greg Brown (15 points), Matt Coleman (13 points), Courtney Ramey (10 points) and Jericho Sims (10 points) all scored in double-figures.

Iowa State returns to action on Saturday when No. 18 Texas Tech travels to Hilton Coliseum.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.