Babb and the Cyclones display resiliency in league opener against Texas


Chris Babb made four of his first five shots beyond the three-point arc Wednesday in the Cyclones’ 76-71 win over Texas.

An accomplished perimeter shooter, Babb had been in a slump. But, it all changed vs. UT.

“It was a good feeling,” Babb said. “I’ve been working hard in practice and spending a lot of time in the gym.”

Babb was resilient.

And, for one of the first times this season, Coach Fred Hoiberg could use the same word to describe his team in victory.

“I saw our team come together tonight,” Hoiberg said. “I thought our guys really responded. It was fun to see them bonding and cheering for each other.”

The Cyclones jumped out to a 14-point lead late in the first half. Texas cut the margin to two points over the next 6:47. Iowa State then expanded the margin to 15 over the next five minutes followed by another Longhorn run that reduced the lead to four. But, the Cyclones held on.

Iowa State, as a team, was resilient much like Babb.

“Down the stretch, we believed in ourselves,” Royce White said.

“We did a great job (during) their run and then made our own run,” Babb said.

Resiliency and mental toughness were on display in Hilton against the Longhorns. Let’s hope that is a sign of things to come during the Big 12 season.

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