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

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.”

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Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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