Cyclone-Aggie Quickie Facts
Iowa State leads the all-time series against Texas A&M at 7-4, one of five Big 12 opponents ISU owns the series lead over (Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor and Colorado are the others)...ISU holds the lead in games played in College Station at 3-2, but the Aggies have won the last two games in Reed Arena and the last two games in the series, defeating ISU, 86-81 in overtime last year in Hilton Coliseum...TAMU assistant coach Alvin Brooks was 3-0 against Iowa State when he was an assistant coach at Houston, but was 0-3 against the Cyclones when he was an assistant coach at Texas Tech...TAMU assistant coach Albert Johnson was an assistant coach for the Dallas Mustangs, one of the top AAU clubs in the nation...ISU freshman forward Wesley Johnson was one of the players he coached with the team...ISU head coach Greg McDermott and TAMU head coach Billy Gillispie have never faced each other as head coaches...Gillispie has never lost to ISU as a head coach, owning a 2-0 mark against the Cyclones in his first two seasons at Texas A&M.
Iowa State dropped its fourth game in a row on Saturday, losing to No. 13 Oklahoma State, 62-50 in Stillwater...it was ISU's 14th consecutive loss at Gallagher-Iba Arena...the Cyclones put on a strong defensive display in the first half, holding OSU to just 28.6 percent from the fl oor in the opening period to take a 23-17 halftime lead...in six Big 12 games this season, ISU has had the lead at the half three times, all resulting in losses...however, ISU is 2-1 in the Big 12 when its opponents have led at intermission...the 17 points ISU allowed in the first half ties for the season-low half total by an ISU opponent this season (Louisiana-Monroe)...the Cowboys came out on fire in the second half, going on a 12-0 run to open the period and making 11-ofits-first-15 shots of the second half to take command of the game...ISU's 50 points was the lowest total for the Cyclones since scoring 48 points against Oklahoma on Feb. 4, 2004...the Cyclones finished the game with a season-low 32.2 percent effort from the floor...Mike Taylor led ISU in scoring for the 12th time this season, tallying 13 points, 11 in the second half...Taylor drilled a pair of treys to give him 53 on the season...Taylor now ranks 13th on ISU's single-season 3-pointers made chart and 19th in career treys...Taylor has made a 3-pointer in 16 consecutive games...Wesley Johnson fell short of a double-double by one point, scoring nine points and grabbing a team-high 10 boards...it was Johnson's 12th double-digit rebounding effort of the season and his seventh in his last eight games...Johnson, who ranks second in the Big 12 in rebounding at 9.2 rpg, is averaging 11.3 rpg in his last eight games...Johnson's efforts on the boards helped the Cyclones outrebound the Cowboys, 39-32...ISU has outrebounded 10 of its last 13 opponents by a +5.1 margin...Dodie Dunson came off the bench to tally 11 points, his fourth double-digit scoring effort in six Big 12 games...Dunson hit one trey to increase his season total to 21, ranking fifth on ISU's freshmen 3-pointers made list...Rahshon Clark had his best rebounding effort in eight games with nine boards...he also chipped in with eight points.
No. 6 Texas A&M (17-3, 5-1) had its nine-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, falling to Texas Tech in Lubbock, 70-68...the Aggies rebounded with a 70-61 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday...Antanas Kavaliauskas led the Aggies with 20 points and six boards...TAMU's other two losses were at LSU (64-52) and a 65-62 loss to UCLA in Anaheim...the Aggies are one of the better shooting teams in the nation and one of best defensive units as well...TAMU is shooting 51.0 percent as a team from the fi eld, ranking No. 1 in the Big 12 and fourth nationally...its 21.4 scoring margin is second nationally to top-ranked Florida...TAMU's pressure defense is allowing its opponents to just 35.1 percent from the floor, which ranks No. 1 nationally...only three teams this season have shot above 45 percent in a game against the Aggies...TAMU is led by its inside-outside combination of Acie Law and Joseph Jones...Law, who is a preseason first-team all-Big 12 guard selection, ranks ninth in the league in scoring at 16.6 ppg...Law, a senior four-year starter, is fifth in the league in field goal percentage, hitting at a 51.7 clip...he also ranks third in the league in assists at 4.9 apg...Jones, a 6-9, 250-pound junior, is averaging 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds...sophomore Josh Carter is one of the best shooters in the Big 12, hitting 50 percent of his shots from downtown to rank No. 1 in the league...Carter is averaging 11.8 ppg.