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Horns come up empty again in Ames, 85-75

Guards Javan Felix (3) and Tevin Mack scored 18 points apiece in UT's 85-75 loss at Iowa State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Guards Javan Felix (3) and Tevin Mack scored 18 points apiece in UT's 85-75 loss at Iowa State (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AMES, Iowa — It was a given that Iowa State would turn to forward and All-America candidate Georges Niang for big plays when the 14th-ranked Cyclones needed them Saturday against No. 24 Texas.

But it was guard Monte Morris, and not Niang, who made the difference with the game in the balance as Iowa State held off the Longhorns, 85-75, in a crucial Big 12 Conference battle at the Hilton Coliseum. Niang and Morris scored 24 points apiece to lead the Cyclones (18-7 overall, 7-5 in Big 12 play) and help Iowa State avenge an overtime loss to Texas when the teams met Jan. 12 in Austin.

Morris was 7-of-9 from the

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 .