AMES, Iowa — It was ugly, but it will do.
No. 11 Iowa State saw what appeared to be a runaway win turn into a nail-biter, but the Cyclones held on to defeat Texas Tech, 70-64, on Saturday.
The Cyclones built an 18-point second-half lead, but it disappeared because a feisty Red Raider squad never went away. Texas Tech took a 62-61 lead on Jaye Crockett’s layup with 3:02 to play.
But the Cyclones closed out the victory with stellar defense, holding the Red Raiders to one field goal over the final three minutes.
Iowa State forward Georges Niang capped off the win with a breakaway dunk with 7.2 seconds left.
Guard DeAndre Kane of Iowa State nearly posted a triple-double, scoring 17 points, dishing out nine assists and grabbing eight rebounds.
Niang also scored 17 points for the Cyclones, guard Naz Long added 14 points and forward Melvin Ejim scored 13.
The Cyclones used a 15-4 at the end of the first half to take a 39-39 lead into intermission. Iowa State picked up where it left off coming out of the break, using a 12-4 run to build a 51-36 lead.
Right when it appeared it was going to be a one-sided game, the Red Raiders reeled off eight quick points as part of a 15-2 run to cut the Cyclone deficit to five.
Texas Tech found its offensive success by attacking the glass. The Red Raiders grabbed 14 rebounds.
Jaye Crockett was the catalyst behind Texas Tech in the second half. He scored 15 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half as the Red Raiders made it a one-point game with eight minutes left.
Crockett scored 23 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 14 for the Red Raiders.
Iowa State was coming off its worst loss of the season, a 102-77 defeat at West Virginia on Monday.
NOTES: Iowa State is one of nine schools to have three players averaging at least 15 points (Melvin Ejim 19.1, Georges Niang 16.2 and DeAndre Kane 15.9). Two Cyclones hit the mark on Saturday, with Kane and Niang scoring 17 points. … The Red Raiders had a three-game winning streak snapped. It was Texas Tech’s eighth three-game winning streak in Big 12 history. … Iowa State is the only team in the nation to score at least 70 points in every game.