Texas Drops Conference Opener

AMES, Ia. — Iowa State blitzed Texas with three-pointers early on, then held on through multiple Longhorn rallies to win both teams' Big 12 opener 77-71.

The Cyclones utilized a strong inside-out game in the first half, often getting into the paint, then moving the ball out and rotating to find an open shooter. That strategy took advantage of an overly aggressive Texas help defense, and helped the Cyclones to shoot 9-of-12 from three-point range in the first half.

One of those three-pointers, by Anthony Booker, gave Iowa State a 14-point advantage less than three minutes before halftime. Texas was able to come back to within 10 at 44-34 at the break.

The Texas run continued into the second half, when Sheldon McClellan hit a jumper to pull the Longhorns into a tie game at 44-all. But with Brown sitting on the bench for most of the second half with a turned ankle, the Cyclones pushed the advantage back up to a game-high 15 on an and-one play by Cyclone forward Royce White with just less than 11 minutes to go.

To their credit, the young Longhorns fought back, quickly narrowing the Iowa State lead to five points. But Texas never could turn the game into a one-possession contest, despite twice slicing the lead to four points with 46 seconds left and 16 seconds left.

Chris Babb scored 17 points for the Cyclones, who had five players in double figures. White had 14, Chris Allen 13 and Anthony Booker 11. Booker was 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

Brown finished with 19 points in 25 minutes. Clint Chapman had the best game of his Longhorn career, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. McClellan had 14, but shot just 2-of-11 from the field. The Longhorns out-rebounded the Cyclones 38-29, but couldn't defend an Iowa State team that finished the game shooting 51 percent from the field and 47.7 percent from three-point range.

Iowa State jumped to 11-3 and 1-0 in Big 12 play, winning its first Big 12 opener in five years. Texas fell to 10-4 and 0-1, losing just its second conference opener in 14 attempts under Longhorn coach Rick Barnes.

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