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