AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Iowa State's long and torturous Big 12 road
losing streak started here. It's only fitting that it ended here.
Tasheed Carr scored 13 points in overtime and Iowa State ended
its 28-game conference road skid with a 92-80 win over Texas (No. 28 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) on Saturday.
By the time the final seconds ticked off, Cyclones senior center
Jared Homan was dancing and hugging his teammates, and coach Wayne
Morgan pumped both fists and breathed a huge sigh of relief as he
walked off the court.
"They were battling for me to tell you the truth," Homan said.
"They all came up to me in the locker room and said, 'We got you
one big fella.' "
Iowa State hadn't won on the road in the Big 12 since beating
Kansas State on Feb. 21, 2001. Three days later, the losing streak
started when Texas thumped the sixth-ranked Cyclones 94-78.
Morgan, in just his second season with Iowa State, told Homan
and his teammates that a win would come -- someday.
"This is pure joy," Morgan said. "I was really happy for
[Homan], we even had a conversation where he said, 'I've got to get
one on the road before I leave here,' and I promised him he
The Cyclones halted their skid thanks in large part to Will
Blalock, whose short shot in the lane with 37 seconds left tied it
at 68 and sent the game into overtime.
Blalock came up huge on the other end as well, forcing a
turnover by Longhorns guard Daniel Gibson that kept Texas from
getting off a final shot.
Carr took over in overtime. He opened the extra period with a
3-pointer from the left corner, followed it with another from the
right and put back his own miss to make it 78-74.
Curtis Stinson hit two straight buckets and Carr hit two free
throws and converted a three-point play that made it 87-76 and sent
the Texas fans heading for the exits.
"It was confidence that took over for me," said Carr, who
finished with 22 points. "[I'm] willing to take the big shots and
make those shots."
Who knows exactly where that comes from? The freshman came into
the game averaging just 3.4 points. He hit just seven 3-pointers
all season before dropping in five against the Longhorns.
"A star is born," Morgan said.
The Cyclones have now won three in a row after dropping six
straight in January. Iowa State ended that losing skid with a home
win over Oklahoma (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP).
The win was also their first conference overtime victory since
1995, when they were still in the old Big Eight. They had lost 10
in a row.
Blalock scored 15, Stinson scored 17 and Homan added 14 for the
Cyclones, who had six players score in double figures.
Gibson scored 23 to lead Texas (15-6, 4-4) and Brad Buckman had
20 points and 15 rebounds. But Buckman missed a free throw that
would have given the Longhorns a three-point cushion with 49
seconds left before Blalock's tying shot.
"I told the guys we still need to find a way to finish the
game," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "It's a tough way to lose a
basketball game when you really have control of it but you can't
Buckman also missed a layup as the shot clock was winding down
when Texas held a 67-63 lead.
"I wish I could got back and score that layup I missed,"
Buckman said. "It's like a dagger in your heart when they keep
knocking down shots."
After Carr hit his first 3-pointer in overtime, Homan followed
it with a dunk that immediately set the tone for the final five
"Past history came into my mind," said Homan, who played 44 of
the game's 45 minutes. "We're a different team than we were in the
Iowa State, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big 12 this
season at 28 percent, hit 8-of-16 against Texas.
The Longhorns, meanwhile, one of the league's best teams from
long range, were 6-of-30 and missed all five 3-pointers in
overtime. Gibson and Buckman combined for just six points in the
Barnes said nagging injuries kept him from playing Kenton
Paulino and Sydmill Harris, two of the better long-range shooters,
much of the second half. Neither of them scored and Gibson was left
to play the entire game.
Texas has lost three of its last four games since losing leading
scorer P.J. Tucker for the season because of academic problems.