Clyburn leads ISU past Baylor
BY Associated Press
Sunday, February 03, 2013
2/03/13 at 6:53 AM
Will Clyburn notched his sixth double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds as Iowa State beat Baylor 79-71 on Saturday night in a tense Big 12 Conference game in Ames, Iowa.
Clyburn, a senior, sank three 3-pointers on an uncharacteristically icy night from beyond the arc for the Cyclones (15-6, 5-3), who pulled into a four-way tie for third place in the conference standings.
Iowa State won its league-leading 19th straight game at home and extended its conference home win streak to 11.
The Bears (14-7, 5-3) lost their second consecutive game and fell to 0-11 all-time in Ames. Pierre Jackson led Baylor with 23 points.
Georges Niang added 17 points for the Cyclones. Iowa State, which entered the game tied for fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game at 9.3, weathered rare long-range shooting woes, missing their first 13 shots from beyond the arc. Niang finally made one that tied the game at 40 with 16:24 left.
Lifting the long-range lid seemed to spark Iowa State, which later used a 9-2 run ignited by Clyburn's third 3-pointer to lead 67-59. Baylor could not creep closer than five points from the lead after that and lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Neither team led by more than six points until well into the second half. Iowa State took a 20-15 lead on Niang's hook shot with 9:44 left in the first half, but Baylor responded with an 8-1 run fueled by back-to-back 3-pointers from Brady Heslip and Jackson to go ahead 23-21 two minutes later.
The Bears drilled 5-of-11 3-point shots in the first half but negated hot outside shooting with eight turnovers and trailed 31-30 at the break. Iowa State committed 10 turnovers overall and ended up 4-of-24 from 3-point range.
Tyrus McGee scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench for the Cyclones. Iowa State ended up with a 39-35 rebounding edge despite leading rebounder Melvin Ejim playing just 14 minutes. Ejim still managed to snare eight rebounds - 1.5 below his average.
A.J. Walton scored 13 points for Baylor, and Isaiah Austin grabbed 10 rebounds.
West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 61: In Lubbock, Texas, West Virginia freshman Eron Harris scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Mountaineers past Texas Tech.
Harris hit 3-of-5 3-pointers in the second half after missing all four tries from beyond the arc in the first half. Terry Henderson, who has been nursing a bad back the last month or so, hit 3-of-4 3-pointers and Gary Browne hit on all three of his 3s.
"Eron has shot it pretty consistent for us and Terry is starting to get well," coach Bob Huggins said. "Terry we thought all along was our best shooter. Gary Browne hit a big one. Gary hadn't shot the ball very well. I think Gary came in shooting 16 percent from 3 or something like that."
Aaric Murray added 12 points for the Mountaineers (10-11, 3-5), who were 10 of 18 on 3-point attempts.
West Virginia never trailed but the Red Raiders kept it close briefly in the second half.
Ty Nurse scored 14 points for Texas Tech (9-10, 2-6) and Jaye Crockett added 13.
Texas 60, TCU 43: In Austin Texas, Ioannis Papapetrou scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Texas over TCU as the Longhorns earned just their second Big 12 win of the season against the last-place team in the league.
Texas (10-11, 2-6) controlled the game throughout with suffocating defense that held TCU (9-12, 0-8) to 33 percent shooting. Sheldon McClellan added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting for Texas.
Papapetrou, a freshman from Greece, scored Texas's first two baskets of the second half in a 7-0 run that pushed the Longhorns to a 19-point lead.
Adrick McKinney had 13 points and eight rebounds for TCU, which lost its eighth in a row in its first season in the Big 12.
Baylor guard L.J. Rose and Iowa State guard Will Clyburn battle for a loose ball during Saturday's game in Ames, Iowa. JUSTIN HAYWORTH/Associated Press