In another primetime matchup between two of the Big 12′s best, the #19 Texas Longhorns fell to the #17 Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa, tying their season series at one a piece.
Although Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor came out hot, hitting three out of his first five shots, it seemed as if Iowa State’s Deandre Kane was just as hot helping to gather the lead for Iowa State with 8 minutes left in the first half.
The main story in this game though, had to be Texas’s shooting numbers as a whole.
To start, senior point guard Javan Felix took 22 shots, burying only 6 of them. As a team, the Longhorns proceeded to shoot 32.9% from the field and a mere 30.4% from the three point line.
Surprisingly enough though, 16 out of Texas’s 23 made baskets came off assists, meaning the shots just were not falling.
By halftime, the Cyclones of Iowa State had taken the lead by 9, but a Longhorns run to start the half put the Longhorns right back in it.
With back to back threes by Javan Felix, the Longhorns were able to tie the game at 48-48, but the Cyclones regained their composure as Melvin Ejim and Deandre Kane started to heat up.
Texas was able to fight to the bitter end, but it ultimately was not enough as Iowa State came out on top 85-76.
For the Longhorns though, there were many signs of encouragement including Isaiah Taylor’s near triple-double (26 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds) and a rebound margin of Texas, 44-35.
The road for Texas will not get any easier, as the Longhorns will travel to Allen Fieldhouse to face Kansas on ESPN at 7:30 E.T. Make sure to tune into that one, as the Jayhawks will hope to take down the Longhorns after their matchup earlier this season.