AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Freshman Mo Bamba scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Texas over Iowa State 73-57 Monday night.
The Longhorns led the entire way in a game they needed after a 35-point blowout loss over the weekend at West Virginia, the worst loss in coach Shaka Smart’s career. The win also kept the Longhorns (13-7, 4-4 Big 12) off the bottom of the Big 12 standings nearing the halfway point of the conference season. Texas finished last in the Big 12 last season.READ MORE: Dallas Police Release Video Prior To Shooting Of Armed Robbery Suspect
At 6-foot-11 with long arms and quick hands, Bamba has been a force under the basket on both ends of the court. The nation’s second-leading shot blocker had three more against the Cylcones, and even stepped out to make two 3-pointers, a season high.
Kerwin Roach II added 22 points for Texas. Roach made four 3-pointers and teamed with Bamba with assists on a layup and dunk early to spark the Longhorns’ offense.
Cameron Lard had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Iowa State (11-8, 2-6).READ MORE: Young Man Shot To Death Behind The Wheel Of Car In DeSoto; Witnesses Saw Passenger Run Off
Iowa State: The Cyclones’ growing pains continue. After knocking off then-No. 8 Texas Tech at home in their biggest win of the season, any confidence left from that win disappeared quickly under Roach’s early long-range shooting and the dominant presence of Bamba underneath.
Texas: The Longhorns are a different team at home. In a span of 12 days, they have two wins on their home court against ranked teams and, despite a paltry crowd Monday night, came out as the aggressor against Iowa State after the exhausting weekend trip and blowout loss at West Virginia.
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