Ridley: "We Need to Close"

Texas center Cameron Ridley gave his thoughts on the Horns' disappointing loss to Iowa State and what needs to happen if the team makes the NCAA Tournament...

Things were looking bright for Texas, who at one point led Iowa State by 16 points and didn't allow the Cyclones to score for almost 10 minutes in the first half. However, the Cyclones managed to rally, nabbing the 69-67 victory after Monte Morris scored a buzzer beater.

The tone in the locker room was obvious disappointment and Texas center Cameron Ridley was quick to identify what went wrong for his team.

“We were good throughout the whole game, but towards the end of the game we started making turnovers, making small mistakes that led to them making the transition and scoring those buckets. We need to work on closing the games out,” he said.

This is the third match up - and third loss - for the Longhorns versus Iowa State, but Ridley said that there were no major surprised on the court.

“No, there really wasn’t anything. They just made the shots. As a team, we have to tighten up on defense a lot more in close team situations and find a way to seal the game,” he said.

Though their run in the Big 12 tournament is over, Texas awaits Selection Sunday with hope that they will be competing in the NCAA Men's Tournament.

“We haven’t been thinking about the NCAA tournament; we were just focused on playing in this tournament. If we get picked for the tournament, we have to stay focused and keep working hard. If we keep grinding, I’m sure something good is going to happen,” he said.


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