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


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.

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