Big 12 Bounce: Texas handles Iowa State

Tristan Winkelman

Sports Blogger

@tristan_wink

 

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Iowa State at Texas

After losing to No. 7 West Virginia on Saturday, Texas bounced back with a decisive 73-57 victory against Iowa State on Monday night in Austin, Texas. Texas never trailed, thanks to big nights from Kerwin Roach II and freshman sensation Mo Bamba. Bamba finished with a season-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds. Roach II added 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Cameron Lard posted a double-double for ISU with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Big 12 will halt conference play this Saturday as part of the Big 12/SEC challenge. The Longhorns (13-7 overall, 4-4 Big 12) will host Ole Miss. The Cyclones (11-8, 2-6) will host No. 22 Tennessee on Saturday.

 

Kansas State at Baylor

It was the Barry Brown show in Waco. Kansas State never trailed in a 90-83 victory against Baylor. After posting a career-high 38 points against Oklahoma State earlier in January, the junior guard put up a smooth 34 points against the Bears on Monday night. Dean Wade, reigning Big 12 player of the week, added 24 points and six rebounds for K-State. One bright spot for the Bears was their edge on the glass, where they outrebounded the Wildcats by 18. Five players were in double figures for Baylor, and Manu Lecomte led the way with 18 points. After winning its third straight game, Kansas State is tied with West Virginia for second in the Big 12. Next,  the Wildcats (15-5 overall, 5-3 Big 12) will host Georgia. The Bears (12-8, 2-6) will travel to Gainesville to take on Florida on Saturday.

 

West Virginia at TCU

TCU played as if its season was on the line Monday night. Horned Frogs fans sold out Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth and had the place rocking. They were given quite the show as TCU upset No. 7 West Virginia 82-73. It was the first time the Horned Frogs defeated a ranked team at home and the first time they beat West Virginia. After taking a two-point lead into the half, the Frogs exploded out to a quick 13-point lead. The crowd stayed behind its team as TCU never trailed in the second half. Alex Robinson led the way for TCU with 17 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds. WVU had all five starters in double figures, but that wasn’t enough to push past TCU. Next the Horned Frogs (12-8 overall, 2-6 Big 12) will travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. The Mountaineers (16-4, 5-3) will host Kentucky on Saturday.

 

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