Texas Ends Losing Skid by Beating Iowa State 62-55

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January 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Off to its worst Big 12 start in 14 years, Texas was desperate for a win. The Longhorns finally got one, even if they let what could have been a rout turn into a nervous finish in the final minute. Myck Kabongo scored 13 points, Julien Lewis had 12 and Texas ended a three-game losing streak with a 62-55 victory over Iowa State on Tuesday night. Texas (13-7, 3-4 Big 12) got the victory despite a bad night by leading scorer J’Covan Brown, who scored 12 on 3-of-16 shooting and compounded that with five turnovers. Brown and Kabongo made key late baskets that held off an Iowa State rally. The Cyclones trimmed an 18-point second-half deficit to 58-55 after 3-pointers by Chris Allen and Chris Babb in the final minute. Brown made two free throws with 21 seconds left, and Kabongo’s steal from Allen and fast-break layup 9 seconds later ended it. Iowa State beat Texas in the conference opener, but the Big 12′s top 3-point-shooting team struggled badly from long range in the rematch. The Cyclones average nine 3-pointers but were just 5 of 21 on Tuesday night. Royce White led Iowa State (14-6, 4-3) with 15 points, 15 rebounds and five assists but scored just four in the second half and was just 1 of 7 shooting free throws.