LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech just couldn’t sustain the momentum it built in the second half against No. 13 Iowa State because of mistakes.
"Stop fouling," Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said after the 73-62 loss Saturday. "We’ve got guys reaching, not playing defense. In the scouting report we tell them to force guys a certain way and they’re not doing it, obviously. They picked up their intensity and played a little better defense and we threw it away twice trying to throw it inside."
Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to lead the Cyclones, who extended the team’s winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The win was the second in Lubbock for Iowa State in the past eight games.
Jaye Crockett had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dusty Hannahs added 16 points to lead Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1).
"I really wasn’t trying to just make plays," said Crockett, who scored 14 points in the second half. "I was trying to motivate the team. At that time it was just me that was making the shot but I was trying to lead and give everybody motivation and stay positive."
The Cyclones came into the game averaging just over nine 3-pointers but managed only five against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech held Iowa State 15 points below its average.
Texas Tech tied the Cyclones at 50 on a 3-pointer by Crockett at 12:33 of the second half but the Red Raiders never took a lead.
"We allowed them an opportunity to get in the game," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I give those guys a lot of credit for continuing to play. They turned into the aggressive team that we had controlled for the first 20 minutes."
Niang was 7 of 16 from the field and matched teammate Dustin Hogue with seven rebounds to lead the Cyclones.
Texas Tech outrebounded Iowa State, which came into the game second in the conference in rebounds (42.2), finishing with a 34-31 advantage. The Cyclones had 13 second-chance points to nine for the Red Raiders.
The Cyclones’ shooting waned in the second half and the Red Raiders opened the second half on a 14-4 run, including a 3-pointer and a dunk by Jordan Tolbert and two 3s by Hannahs, to whittle the lead to 46-40. The Cyclones made just two of their first 10 shots from the field in the second half.
Crockett scored on consecutive possessions — an underhand scoop on a drive down the middle of the lane and a 3-pointer — to tie the game at 50 and cap a 21-6 run in the first 8 minutes of the second half.
With just under 12 minutes left in the game the Cyclones were shooting about 17 percent, about a third as well as they shot in the first half.
Iowa State used a 10-2 run to go up 60-52 with about 7 minutes left. Monte Morris got a layup and a free throw, Ejim hit a 3-pointer, and Long and Niang both scored.
But Texas Tech didn’t wilt. The Cyclones just started hitting shots, except from the free throw line, where they missed 5 of 13 down the stretch.
Iowa State closed the first half on a 15-5 run to lead 44-29. The Cyclones got six steals and got 12 points off the Red Raiders’ eight turnovers. Iowa State missed just one of 13 free throws and shot about 52 percent from the field.