LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 18 Texas Tech (17-8, 9-7 Big 12) defeated Iowa State (2-20, 0-17 Big 12), 81-54, Thursday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
The Cyclones kept within striking distance for 27 minutes until the Red Raiders torrid shooting took its toll on the visitors. TTU outscored ISU, 29-11, in the final 13 minutes of the game and shot 62 percent from the field compared to ISU’s 31 percent clip.
Mac McClung paced the Red Raiders and led all players with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.
Jalen Coleman-Lands continued his efficient play, notching his 11th-straight double-digit scoring outing with 15 points to lead the Cyclones. He made 3-of-7 shots from downtown and is 11-of-20 from beyond the arc in his last three games.
Tyler Harris chipped in with 15 points in the Cyclone effort.
Mired in a 2-of-15 shooting slump, the Cyclones fell behind by 16 points (23-7) midway through the first half.
ISU bounced back, however, going on a 20-8 run to close the gap to 31-27 with under a minute left in the opening period. Harris and Coleman-Lands got hot and played a big part in keeping ISU in the game. Coleman-Lands had 10 first-half points.
Four 3-pointers by the Cyclones, including a pair from Harris, kept the TTU lead below double digits at the beginning of the second half, but the Red Raiders started to get separation soon after. A quick 11-2 run by the Red Raiders, thanks to five-straight makes, turned a nine-point lead to a comfortable 63-45 advantage with under ten minutes left in the contest.
Iowa State travels to Kansas State on Saturday (March 6).