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Allen’s free throws in final seconds lift Texas past Iowa State

Freshman center Jarrett Allen came up big Tuesday, scoring 17 points and falling one rebound short of a double-double in the Texas men's basketball team's 67-65 victory over Iowa State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — There was nothing pretty about the Texas men's basketball team's free-throw shooting Tuesday against Iowa State, as the Longhorns missed nine of their 25 shots from the charity stripe heading into the final seconds.

So how can the suddenly calm-as-a-cucumber demeanor of freshman center Jarrett Allen when he went to the line to shoot what ended up being the deciding points with seven seconds to play in Texas’ 67-65 victory over the Cyclones in Big 12 Conference play at the Frank Erwin Center be explained?

“I knew I could do it and I had to relax," Allen said after the win, Texas’ third in a row at home on its final possession. "I didn’t want to let my teammates down.”

Allen scored 17 points and pulled

 

The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .