LUBBOCK, Texas — A second upset of a Top 10 Texas Tech team was not to be as the Iowa State men’s basketball team dropped a 76-58 decision to the No. 7 Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.
ISU (12-11, 3-8) played the Red Raiders (20-4, 8-3) close for a portion of the second half after trailing by as many as 11 in the first, but the short-handed Cyclones, who were without both Hans Brase and Nick Weiler-Babb, ran out of gas.
Cameron Lard led the Cyclones with 22 points on 10 for 11 shooting. He fouled out with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left in the game.
The Cyclones dealt with foul trouble for much of the game. Lard picked up two quick fouls in the first half and was relegated to the bench.
Zhaire Smith had 21 points to lead the Red Raiders.
The Cyclones trailed 39-32 at the half and cut the Texas Tech lead to one point with 15:01 left in the second half but could not get over the top. Texas Tech was back up eight with just over ten minutes left, and was on
The Red Raiders exploited ISU inside, scoring 48 points in the paint to the Cyclones’ 32.
Texas Tech also had 20 points off of 14 ISU turnovers.
ISU hosts No. 17 Oklahoma on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Saturday.