The Iowa State men’s basketball team’s season came to an end with a 68-64 loss to Texas on Wednesday at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.
The Cyclones trailed by four and had the ball with under a minute to play, but ISU turned the ball over with less than 30 second left.
ISU then forced a turnover on the ensuing Longhorns possession but could not convert on a 3 on the other end.
The Cyclones’ season ended with the Cyclones at 13-18 and 4-14 in the Big 12.
Despite leading by 10 with 6 minutes, 11 seconds left in the first half, the Cyclones trailed after the first 20 minutes.
Texas took a 34-31 lead into the locker room, propelled by a 16-3 run to close the half, with Dylan Osetkowski scoring 10 straight points.
Osetkowski finished with 13 points in the first half. Lindell Wigginton had nine to lead the Cyclones.
Texas started the game 0 for 9 from 3 point range before warming up and sinking enough to keep in the game.
The Longhorns preyed on the Cyclones out of the half, as the Cyclones turned the ball over three times in the opening minutes, leading to easy baskets for Texas and to an early ISU timeout.
The Cyclones forced a Texas timeout with 16:04 to play in the second after a 7-0 run, capped with a Wigginton three prior to the timeout, with the run trimming the Texas lead to 40-38.
Wigginton canned a jumper just a few minutes later to put the Cyclones up 45-44. The Longhorns kept in the game with field goal shooting prowess, but were held without a field goal for close to eight minutes.
Texas finally hit a field goal, putting the Longhorns back up 47-45, and from there, the Cyclones and Longhorns traded baskets and the lead with equal frequency.
The Cyclones took another lead, 56-55, with 5:30 to play, which was answered by an Osetkowski 3 on the other end to put Texas up 58-56.
ISU tied the game on the other end with a basket by Zoran Talley Jr.
The Longhorns, who were without star Mohamed Bamba, who missed the game with a toe injury, were up six, 64-58, after a quick 6-0 run.
Donovan Jackson, however, slashed to the lane and hit a basket, forcing a Texas timeout with under three minutes to play.
The Cyclones trailed only two, 64-62, after a basket by Cameron Lard, with under two to play when Osetkowski launched a 3. It missed, but Jericho Sims was there for the putback to put the Longhorns up four.
Again, however, the ball found Lard, who put the ball in for the score.
Matt Coleman hit a jumper with under a minute to go on the other end to put the Longhorns up 68-64.
Then, with under 30 seconds to play, the Cyclones turned the ball over to end the year.
Wigginton had 20 points to lead the Cyclones. Lard had 14, and Talley Jr. had 12.