Sometimes, a team does a lot of good things but doesn’t win.

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Sometimes, a team does a lot of good things but doesn’t win.

Limiting turnovers and making 3’s has been a good formula for Iowa State this winter. Four times – Omaha (won by 28), Texas (won by 20), #11 Kansas State (won by six) and Oklahoma (won by 19) – ISU made at least 10 shots from three and suffered 10 or fewer turnovers. Wednesday night’s double overtime loss at Texas was the fifth time it occurred.

Sometimes, a team performs out of character, especially in key moments.

Texas, the poorest three-point shooting team in the Big 12 (25 percent) made three in a row at the end of regulation (including one to send the game into OT) and the first extra session. The Longhorns had made 4-of-19 prior to that stretch.

On many fronts, it was a heroic performance for the Cyclones: Melvin Ejim netted 20 points with a career-best 16 rebounds; Korey Lucious reached double figures in assists (11); Will Clyburn was strong with 20 points and seven boards; and Tyrus McGee came off the bench for a game-best 21 points.

But, in the end it wasn’t enough and Iowa State suffered another heart-breaking road loss. You salute the team’s effort and you sympathize with their hurt.

“It’s hard,” Coach Fred Hoiberg told John Walters on the post-game radio show. “This is tough to handle. We’ve got to go home and protect Hilton and I’m confident this group will do just that.”

It was a heartbreaker in Austin, for sure. There will soon be another shot at a league road win.

In the meantime, the Cyclones host TCU Saturday and if they limit TOs and sink 3’s the results will likely be different.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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