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Cyclones enjoying Texas win, despite late Longhorn rally

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AMES (KWWL) -  For about 32 minutes on Monday, Hilton Magic was alive.

"I think that first half we were really good. I think we only took 8 threes,” said head Coach Fred Hoiberg, “We were 4 of 8 from three and outscored them in the paint."

Iowa State put a bebeat downn the Longhorns for much of the game behind a 19 point effort from Georges Niang. Bryce Dejean Jones, who had struggled in recent outings, hit 5 of 7 from the floor, scoring18 on Texas

"Loved his energy, loved his effort,” said Hoiberg, “Getting deflections, getting his hands on balls, I thought it was a really good game for Bryce."

Iowa State would go on to win their 18th straight at home, but much of the talk centered around the final 8 minutes. The Cyclones gave up points on 18 of the Longhorns last 22 possessions. That, combined with poor free throw shooting, allowed Texas to trim their deficit from 21 to 3 late in the game. It left the Hilton Coliseum crowd sweating until the final buzzer --

"When we tried to take away the penetration, they kicked it out for 3. When we stayed hugged up to the 3-point shooter, they got to the rim. We even threw a 1-3-1, three-quarter court trap out there, and Holmes hit a 3," said Hoiberg.

The win, however, was still a big one for the Cyclones, especially coming off Saturday's dismal performance in a loss at Texas Tech.

"I'm a little discouraged about the low finish,” said junior forward Georges Niang, “but after coming off the loss, you take what you can get at this point."

Hoiberg agreed.

"Look, I've been miserable for 48 damn hours, I'm going to enjoy this one."
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