Twentieth ranked Baylor used a 7-0 run early in the second half and the Bears went on to post an 84-63 win over the Iowa State Cyclones. The first half was close and ISU trailed 38-34 at the break.
Iowa State coach Greg McDermott says they turned it over five times in the first 12 possessions, and didn’t rebound the ball. The Cyclones tried to press late to get back into the game and that opened the flood gates for Baylor. McDermott says the things they did on the back of the press were “an absolute joke.” He says his guys were quitting on the play and you can’t do that as they are a better team than that.
Craig Brackins led Iowa State with 19 points as they fall to 2-5 in the Big 12 and 13-9 overall.
In a season full of bad play on offense the Iowa Hawkeyes were at their worst on Wednesday night. The Hawks connected on only 29 percent for the game and lost at home to Illinois 57-49. Iowa attempted 54 shots in the game and misfired on 38 of them.
Iowa coach Todd Lickliter says they do enough good things to compete, but they have to learn how to make winning plays. He says the Hawks are competitive even though they now stand 2-8 in the Big Ten. He says they are playing the teams at the top of the league tough, so the are not that far off. Lickliter says if they can compete with these teams, then the next step is to beat them.
Matt Gatens led Iowa with 12 points.