Courtney Ramey scored 14 points including a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining to help Texas earn a 72-68 win over Iowa State on Saturday in Big 12 Conference play in Austin, Texas.
Matt Coleman III and Jericho Sims also scored 14 points each for Texas (14-7, 4-4 Big 12), while Donovan Williams matched his career high with 13 points off the bench.
Tyrese Haliburton and Rasir Bolton scored 14 points each to lead the Cyclones (9-12, 2-6). Solomon Young added 13 points for Iowa State, which has lost three straight games and eight of its past 10.
The Cyclones led by a point at the half and by as many as eight on Haliburton’s jumper with 12:45 to play. Texas pulled back to within 54-53 on two free throws by Williams with 7:32 remaining and again at 57-56 on a free throw by Jase Febres a minute and a half later.
Ramey’s 3-pointer with 1:06 to play gave the Longhorns their first lead since late in the first half. Bolton then missed a layup and, after an offensive rebound, a follow-up shot with 44 seconds left.
The Longhorns’ Kai Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled and converted both free throws to push the Texas lead to 68-65. A turnover by the Cyclones’ Tre Jackson with 29 seconds left cost Iowa State a chance to try and tie the game.
Two free throws by Coleman and a dunk by Williams down the stretch finished off the Cyclones.
Texas shot 57 percent in the first half and led 21-13 on a Jones jumper with 10:52 to play in the half. But the Cyclones roared back, forging a 18-4 run capped by a Michael Jacobson jumper to sweep to the lead at 31-25 at the 3:12 mark.
The Longhorns, who were held without a point for more than five minutes, scored the half’s final four points to pull within 31-30 at intermission.
Haliburton led Iowa State with nine points while Andrew Jones matched that output for Texas. The Longhorns had 11 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.
—Field Level Media