LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) took down No. 8 Texas Tech (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) 68-64 on Wednesday night at United Supermarkets Arena. It is the seventh road win in school history against an AP top-10 team.
In a tied game with under two minutes to play, Iowa State executed down the stretch, with critical buckets from Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Wigginton to upset the Red Raiders. Senior Marial Shayok led Iowa State once again with 20 points, including 15 in the first half, and was joined in double figures by Michael Jacobson (14), Weiler-Babb (11) and Wigginton (11).
How It Happened
The Cyclones were outstanding in the first half, jumping out to a 41-33 halftime lead after 20 minutes of action. Iowa State surged down the stretch, outscoring Texas Tech 16-4 over the final 5:15. Jacobson sparked the Cyclones late, scoring six of ISU’s 15 to close the first half.
It was Shayok who gave ISU a much-needed early boost in the first half, scoring 13 of the first 23 Cyclone points en route to a 15-point first half on a tidy 5-of-7 shooting from the field. The Cyclones logged eight assists and did not commit a single turnover in the first 20 minutes.
Texas Tech responded after the intermission, putting together an early 7-0 run to cut the ISU advantage to 46-43 with 14:57 to play. The Cyclones were able to cling onto the lead with an outstanding defensive half, holding the Red Raiders to just 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) from the field over the final 20 minutes.
TTU eventually erased the lead with another 7-0 run to make the score 61-61 with just 1:50 to play. However, it was once again the Cyclones that made the plays down the stretch. Weiler-Babb answered the Red Raider run with a clutch mid-range jumper that put the Cyclones back in front, before a Tyrese Haliburton to Lindell Wigginton connection on the break extended ISU’s led to 65-61 with under a minute to play.
Shayok sealed the deal with three free throws in the closing seconds to secure an Iowa State win.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok was outstanding once again, putting up a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. The Big 12’s leading scorer powered the Cyclones in the first half with 15 points. Shayok also buried a trio of crucial free throws late to put the finishing touches on Iowa State’s victory.
Michael Jacobson put up a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, doing all the little things in Iowa State’s upset win. Time and again, the junior came up with timely buckets on Wednesday night to ward off TTU’s comeback attempts.
Iowa State returns home to battle Oklahoma State on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.