Iowa State hands Texas Tech just its second loss of the season

Iowa State’s Monte Morris scores 11 points with six boards, five assists and two steals. (USATSI)

Matt Thomas’ 22 points, a career high, helped Iowa State hold court at home and earn a 76-69 victory over 11-2 Texas Tech on Wednesday night. It was a nice showing for the Cyclones, as Thomas went 6 for 10 from deep, giving more reason to trust his team’s versatility going forward.

No. 13 Iowa State also got a double-double from Jameel McKay (19 points and 14 rebounds). Georges Niang went scoreless in the first half, then had 14 in the final 20 minutes to help establish separation for ISU. Justin Gray came off the bench to give TTU a team-high 14 points.

The Red Raiders were done in by their 2-of-15 shooting performance beyond the arc.

It’s a nice bounce-back win for Steve Prohm’s team after losing by four at No. 2 Oklahoma over the weekend. ISU’s two losses have come by a total of six points.

The Cyclones can get to 13-2 on Saturday by beating Baylor. As you can see, the Big 12 is not offering up a lot of easy opponents. Texas Tech wasn’t expected to be a real factor in the conference, yet it’s performed well against its expectations in the first two months of the season. Tubby Smith’s team beat Texas over the weekend. Now it prepares for top-ranked Kansas to come to Lubbock on Saturday.

ISU ended Tech’s 10-game winning streak, the program’s longest since Bob Knight was heading the program in 2003-04.

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