Texas basketball's shooting falls flat in loss to Iowa State

Another big night from senior big man Dylan Disu, with 28 points (including 22 in the second half) wasn't enough to lift Texas basketball past No. 14 Iowa State at the Moody Center on Feb. 6.
Dylan Disu, Texas basketball
Dylan Disu, Texas basketball / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

A big second half for senior Texas basketball big man Dylan Disu was overshadowed by the team's struggles putting the ball in the basket in the first half. Texas's shooting woes and poor rebounding down the stretch in the second half cost them in a 70-65 loss at home at the Moody Center in Austin to the No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones on Feb. 6.

Texas shot a little over 40 percent from the field, but just 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. Turnovers were also a major issue for the Longhorns in this loss to Iowa State. Texas turned the ball over 14 times compared to just eight for the Cyclones.

Dylan Disu explodes for 28 points, but Texas basketball falls short to No. 14 Iowa State

Rodney Terry's Longhorns unfortunately couldn't muster enough to take advantage of Disu's 22-point outburst in the second half. Disu was on fire from the field in the second half, shooting 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.

Disu and sophomore guard Chendall Weaver were also beasts on the boards for the Longhorns in the second half, combining for 13 total rebounds and seven offensive boards.

As has been the case for most of Big 12 play for the Longhorns, no one else really stepped up beside Disu and senior guard Max Abmas on the offensive end of the floor. Abmas was a slow starter but scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line.

Sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell contributed on the offensive end, with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. But no one else beside Mitchell, Disu, and Abmas scored in double figures.

The worst offender of disappearing acts for the Longhorns on the offensive end against Iowa State was sophomore guard Tyrese Hunter. The former Iowa State transfer guard and 2021-22 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Hunter scored zero points on eight field goal attempts and three attempts from deep.

Iowa State, meanwhile, had much more even contributions from their core rotation. Seven Iowa State players scored at least a half-dozen points, including three in double figures. Standout guard Tamin Lipsey led the way with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Lipsey has been a huge part of the Cyclones' rise in the Big 12 this season under head coach TJ Otzelberger. He was clutch for the Cyclones down the stretch in this game, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

Texas's loss to Iowa State drops it to 15-8 (4-6 Big 12) this season. Iowa State got its 17th win (17-5, 6-3 Big 12) by topping the Longhorns on this night.

Terry and the Longhorns have a shot at revenge when they host the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Moody Center this coming weekend (Feb. 10).

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