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Iowa State men’s b-ball eliminated from Big 12 tournament

Mar 09, 2018

By Ben Visser, Gazette Correspondent


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iowa State’s game against Texas was a microcosm of its season.

The Cyclones showed their promise but also why they didn’t have a successful season, all in 40 minutes of action against the Longhorns. And like the season, it ended in disappointment.

Iowa State (13-18) lost to Texas (19-13) on Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament at Sprint Center, 68-64.

Iowa State’s freshman duo of Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard led the way with a combined 34 points. Fellow freshman Terrence Lewis added five points — all in the first half. That was the promise Iowa State showed all season long that proved it could be a contender in the future.

On the other hand, Iowa State had 11 first-half turnovers and opened up the second half with three straight turnovers. The Cyclones finished with 17 turnovers, including the “dagger” turnover from Wigginton with 29.2 seconds left.

“We had some opportunities, but they converted down the stretch and we didn’t,” Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm said. “At the end of the game, the turnovers and the offensive rebounds — those were the big numbers.”

The freshmen that provide so much hope for the future also made plenty of careless, inexperienced-based mistakes.

Wigginton led the way for Iowa State, pouring in 20 points. It was his 13th 20-point game of the season and his fourth consecutive. He also added eight rebounds and two assists.

On the flip side, he had nine turnovers.

Prohm has said all season that he wants his team to play with a fast pace, but sometimes they have a tendency to play frantically and make poor decisions. That also happened on Wendesday.

“I think we just rushed at times and mishandled the ball,” Wigginton said.

At one point in the first half, Iowa State led 28-18, but three straight turnovers led to six Texas points, letting them back in the game.

“We just killed ourselves, and we’ve done it so many times — that’s the frustrating part,” Prohm said. “The turnovers — those were the difference.”

Lard had 14 points and five rebounds. But he had trouble staying out of foul trouble, limiting his impact.

Fellow newcomer Zoran Talley had a big second half. Talley, a graduate transfer from Old Dominion, had nine points in the second half, which helped keep Iowa State in the game. He finished the game 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Iowa State will get Talley’s production back next year as he has another year left.

“I just played with a lot of energy,” Talley said. “I just wanted to do what I had to, to get the team back in the game.”

As a team, Iowa State had a good shooting night, going 27 of 54 from the field, and 6 of 16 from 3-point range.

But in the end, Iowa State came up short. The Cyclones showed flashes of their potential, but never could quite put it all together. Prohm shoulders the blame.

“I didn’t do a good enough job,” Prohm said. “That’s the bottom line. It’s unacceptable. It’s sickening. And we have to get to work and we have to understand what we have to do to get better. At the end of the day, I wasn’t able to get everybody playing the right way and for the right reasons for 40 minutes.”

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