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Texas 86, Iowa State 76

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AUSTIN -- The Texas Longhorns continued their home dominance of Iowa State, knocking off the Cyclones 86-76 on Saturday.

Iowa State, ranked eighth in the Associated Press and 10th by USA Today, has lost six straight games at the Frank Erwin Center. But Saturday's loss, one in which the Cyclones controlled early, had a particular sting to it since unlike past seasons, Iowa State had been one of the hottest teams in the country

Instead, the Cyclones lost their third straight game over the past week.

Texas, in improving its record to 14-4 and 3-2 in Big 12 play, pulled off its second upset of a ranked team in the past month.

Iowa State had Iowa State cut the lead to 80-76 with 53 seconds to go when forward Melvin Ejim grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed shot by guard DeAndre Kane and fluidly dunked it over the Texas defense.

But the Longhorns ended the game on a six point run, all free throws.

Texas, with four players scoring in double figures, was led by forward Jonathan Holmes' 23 points. He had two free throws and a rebound in the final 24 seconds to slam back any Cyclones comeback.

Iowa State fell to 14-3 and 2-3 in league play. The Cyclones were led by forward Georges Niang, who scored 18 points.

NOTES: Over seven days, the Cyclones lost to Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. They had started the season with 14 straight wins, the best in program history. ... Texas C Cameron Ridley had a dominant game for the Longhorns with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 27 minutes of play. ... Coming into the game, Iowa State was leading the Big 12 in fewest turnovers at 9.75 per game. The Cyclones had a season-high 18, with the Longhorns suffering only eight.
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