AUSTIN, Texas — Guard Andrew Jones scored a game-high and career-best 23 points to lead the No. 4 Texas Longhorns to a 78-72 win over Iowa State Tuesday at the Frank Erwin Center.
Jones hit a career-high 10 field goals (on 20 attempts) in the victory, which improved the Longhorns’ record to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in games against Big 12 opponents; the Cyclones fell to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in conference games.
The win continued the Longhorns’ sizzling start to the season; Texas improved to 3-0 in Big 12 games for the first time since the 2010-11 season, a campaign in which the Longhorns won their first 11 games.
After jumping out to a 10-point halftime lead, at 37-27, the Longhorns led by as much as 15 points early in the second half, but were unable to bury the Cyclones. Iowa State closed the margin to five points, at 75-70, but never got closer as the Longhorns sealed the game at the free-throw line.
Jones led all scorers, but was one of five Longhorns scored in double figures: forward Greg Brown added 15, guard Matt Coleman added 13 and forward Jericho Sims and guard Courtney Ramey added 10 points apiece.
The Longhorns were slightly outshot in the game, .452. to .448 from the floor, but the game was decided in large part on the glass. In UT’s first nine games, the Longhorns outrebounded their opponents seven times — a trend that continued Tuesday. Texas dominated Iowa State, 43-31, on the glass, thanks in large part to a game- and career-high nine boards from sophomore forward Kai Jones, and eight each from Brown and Sims. The Horns were particularly aggressive on the offensive end, pulling down 13 offensive rebounds, compared to just four by the Cyclones.
Both teams were exceptionally careful with the ball, with each team coughing up just eight turnovers. The total was the lowest this season for UT, besting its previous standard of nine, set Nov. 30 against Davidson.
UT will return to the court Saturday when they take on West Virginia at noon (central time) Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va., in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN.