AMES, Iowa – Jaren Holmes scored 21 points as No. 12 Iowa State defeated No. 7 Texas 78-67 on Tuesday night.
Holmes made 7 of 13 shots, including two 3-pointers, and Gabe Kalscheur added 16 points.
“We earned this,” Holmes said. “We deserve this, because of our daily habits.”
Caleb Grill had 17 points and Osun Osunniyi finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cyclones (14-3, 5-1 Big 12).
“There’s a great toughness to the way we do it,” Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger said. “But there is a togetherness and a unity that is on a very, very special level with this group.”
Texas (15-3, 4-2) was undone by a second-half scoring drought that lasted nearly 4 1/2 minutes. Iowa State responded with an 8-0 run to take control.
The Longhorns went 9 1/2 without making a floor shot.
“They made plays down the stretch,” Texas interim coach Rodney Terry said. “TJ had his team ready to play today. Just a highly competitive game in the Big 12.”
A 3-pointer by Grill gave the Cyclones a 64-55 lead with 6:01 to play.
Christian Bishop led Texas with 12 points.
The Longhorns’ Tyrese Hunter scored 10 points, all in the first half, in his return to Ames after transferring from Iowa State. Hunter was greeted with boos and an occasional raunchy chant from the student section.
He responded with a quick six points, matching his scoring mark from his previous three games.
“We are from Texas. We get the big game from everyone,” Terry said. “We looked at it as ‘you know what, it’s another chance to compete at the highest level.’ (Hunter) attacked him in the same way.”
The Longhorns built a 29-18 lead, before Iowa State responded with a 10-0 run, sparked by 3-pointers from Kalscheur and Grill.
Texas went the last 7:28 of the first half without a field goal, but trailed only 36-35.
“The first 10 minutes, they were the aggressors,” Otzelberger said. “Those last 30 minutes, how we compete defensively, it’s the club that we are and who we need to be for 40 minutes.”
Iowa State moved to a three-way tie for the top of the Big 12 standings with Tuesday’s win. The end came about 30 minutes after Kansas’ 83-82 overtime loss at Kansas State, handing the Jayhawks their first conference loss.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Texas plays West Virginia on Saturday night.
Iowa State visits Oklahoma State on Saturday.
No. 12 Iowa State Pulls Away From No. 7 Texas, Wins 78-67 Originally appeared on NBCSports.com