TEXAS: Men's Basketball downs No. 8/10 Iowa State, 86-76
January 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
LONGHORN SPORTS RELEASE
Jonathan Holmes scored 23 points and Cameron Ridleyhad 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to an 86-76 win over No. 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss.
The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12.
Javan Felix scored 17 for Texas, including a big 3-pointer in the momentum-changing run in the second half.
Georges Niang scored 18 to lead Iowa State, which started the season 14-0. The Cyclones (14-3, 2-3) hadn't lost three in a row since the 2010-2011 season and haven't won in Austin since 2005.
Melvin Ejim scored 17 for the Cyclones who went 11 of 32 on 3-pointers.
After their first losing season in 15 years last season, the Longhorns look like a team growing in confidence with Kansas State, Baylor and Kansas up next.
• Texas improves to 14-4 on the year and 3-2 in Big 12 Conference play.
• Texas increases the all-time series record against Iowa State to 17-10, 15-5 in the Rick Barnes era. The Horns are now 11-1 against Iowa State at home, including six straight home wins.
• The last time Texas beat an AP Top 10 opponent was at No. 2/2 Kansas on Jan. 22, 2011 (74-63). The last win at home against an AP Top 10 team was against No. 9 Michigan State on Dec. 22, 2009 (79-68).
• UT is on its best 18-game start to a season since 2010-11 (started 15-3). It marks the ninth time in the Rick Barnes era (last 16 years) that the Horns have opened the year with at least 14 wins in their first 18 contests (17-1 in 2009-10; 16-2 in 2005-06; 15-3 in 2000-01, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2010-11; 14-4 in 2002-03, 2004-05).
• UT had four players (Holmes, Taylor, Ridley, Felix) record double-figures in scoring for the 13th time this year.
• The Horns limited Iowa State to a 39.3 field goal percentage. UT has now held 255 of their 531 opponents to under 40% FG shooting. Texas sports a 229-26 (.898) mark in the Barnes era when accomplishing the feat (11-0 this season).
• The Longhorns finished the first half on a 16-7 run by forcing 12 Iowa State turnovers, matching the highest by an opponent in the last three games. Texas held Iowa State without a field goal in the final 4:10 of the first half.
• Texas continues to improve on free throws (77.4 percent on 24-of-31 free throws tonight) by converting 89-of-118 (75.4 percent) free throws in Big 12 play. In its last three games, UT has made 60-of-75 free throws (80 percent).
• The Horns forced a season-high 18 Cyclone turnovers while only recording a season-low eight turnovers.
• Made his fifth start of the season.
• Reached double figures (17 points, 14 in the second half) in scoring for the 13th time this season and for the 22nd time in his career (52 games).
• In the second half, shot 4-of-12 from the field and 2-of-4 from the three, to finish with 5-of-17 from the field and 3-8 from beyond the arc,
• Recorded a team-high four assists, while also grabbing four boards and two steals.
• During Big 12 play, Holland is averaging 3.2 assists per game.
• Reached double figures (23 points) in scoring for the 14th time this season and 32nd time in his career (80 games).
• Recorded a career-high nine field goals made (9-of-13 from the field) and matched a career high in points.
• Finished with seven rebounds, all seven of those in the second half.
• Recorded his second double-double in two games (16 pts. and 11 rebs.), his fifth of the season and the sixth of his career (51 games).
• Reached double figures in scoring for the 10th time this season and for the 12th time in his career.
• Recorded seven field goals (7-of-10) and five blocks.
• Reached double figures in scoring (12 points) for the 14th time this season (18 games).
• Shot 9-of-12 from the line and dished out three assists.
• Matched a season high in rebounds with six in only seven minutes of play.
Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes
On the win: This was a great win for us, no question. I really think that it was a really great team win for us. We didn't have one guy that didn't go in the game and make a contribution and just the simple play like Kendal Yancy who didn't play the last game, who had been playing. I thought the minutes he came in and gave us were huge and it was a great win for our team.
On Jonathan Holmes: Jon is very skilled and that's what we've tried to tell him. There's a lot of things that he can do. The play he made coming down the middle and that was a great finish. The last two games he's kept himself in the games, which has been key for us. It's been huge for us. Jon can do a lot of things. There at the end he showed you that he can rebound the ball, he can shoot it. We ran a little set where we threw back to him with like eight or nine seconds left on the clock, he should have shot that. I think Kendal ended up having to force a quick shot from the corner. Jon should have shot that ball. He didn't because, I think the biggest thing was, he was a little bit winded and he didn't feel he had his feet set.
On what has changed for the team since the beginning of Big 12 play: One stat - today we had eight turnovers. We had eight turnovers and 12 assists, where normally 12 could be the other way. The other thing is fouling. In our first three conference games our opponents shot 100 free throws to our 68. We've been more solid defensively. I think the biggest thing is our guys felt like they were going to be aggressive and not let guys get a shot off. They're going to shoot it. We just need to be in position not to let them get another one. This team, they're capable of hitting a bunch of threes and I told our team today, they made an average of I think nine threes a game. That's 27 points. Their average is 86. Where are the other ones coming from? Getting fouls, transition baskets by cause of turning people over. They're great. They average 10 turnovers and 18 assists. I don't look at the national stats, but I can't imagine anybody has a better ratio than Iowa State.
On what this win means for the team: We go into every game wanting to win, we want to compete with the best and tonight we had a chance to do that. We came out here and performed well and played well and just do what we know we can do. We feel like we are as good as anybody when we put our best on the floor. It's just a big thing for us to just come out and play hard and show everybody that we are going to play hard for 40 minutes.
On the team getting better and better: We are improving in a lot of areas, but still have ways to go to get where we want to be. We are getting better each game and getting better at practice. We are on the right track.
On having a big game regarding offensive rebounds: Those are big plays. Every time we can get them and convert on them, it changes the momentum of the game. We put a big emphasis on crashing the board and we did that tonight. We just have to improve and keep doing that throughout conference play.
On where the team is mentally now compared to where they were during the Oklahoma State game: Mentally I think we are the same, but after the Oklahoma State game we knew we had stuff to improve on and that was our focus going into practice. We were still confident and we were still together. We never put our heads down.
Head Coach Fred Hoiberg
On the amount of turnovers in the game: I thought in the first half we were going too quick, that was the cause of a lot of those travels. We were going before we let the play develop. One of our biggest plusses this year was our assist-to-turnover ratio, that is why the game was tied. In the first half we controlled the ball on the glass. I was proud of our effort in that area. We battled them. We came out with tremendous energy, but they [Texas] hit some shots early. We stuck with our plan to plug in gaps, we did a good job with that, but we could not pull away.
On the rebounds in the game: We went through a six or seven minute stretch where we could not rebound. I told them at halftime, "If we could keep this margin on the glass, we could win this game going away." We were getting stops for a stretch, but we could not control the rebound. That is the number two offensive rebound team in the league. That is where they exposed us and we could not pull away. We fought back and gave ourselves a chance at the end, but as I told them in the locker room after the game, "You cannot come into the league, play 30 minutes and expect to win, it takes the full 40 to win.
On Texas C Cameron Ridley: He is a beast. He is in great shape. He plays extremely hard. He was a tough matchup for us in terms of his size and strength. He hit his free throws and had some turnaround jumps tonight. He is a heck of a player.