AMES, Iowa – Texas Tech took an 84-50 loss to No. 14 Iowa State on Tuesday at the Hilton Coliseum to extend a four-game losing streak to begin conference play.
The Red Raiders (10-6, 0-4 Big 12) will travel to Austin this weekend to take on No. 10 Texas at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Moody Center. The Cyclones (13-2, 4-0 Big 12) have now won six in a row going into a road game at No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.
“Patience is gone,” Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams said. “We are in urgency mode. We’re going to have to make some major changes. Mainly in effort, attitude and toughness. It takes a lot of effort and work to get this turned around. This is a wake-up call.”
Iowa State led throughout the game, jumping out to a 39-20 halftime lead with a 20-3 run to end the half and never pulled back in the 34-point victory. The Cyclones topped Tech by 37 in the 2015 season for the previous largest margin of defeat. Texas Tech took two of three over Iowa State last season, including a 72-41 quarterfinal win in the Big 12 Championship.
De’Vion Harmon led Tech with 14 points, five steals, four assists and five rebounds. He was 6-for-13 from the field in the game for the Red Raiders who struggled all night shooting, going 19-for-52 (36.5 percent) from the field and just 5-for-26 on 3-pointers. Pop Isaacs returned from concussion protocol that had him miss last Saturday’s game against Oklahoma and finished with 10 points. Isaacs was just 1-for-9 on 3-pointers in the game where he had three assists and three steals. Kevin Obanor would add seven points while Jaylon Tyson had five and Daniel Batcho four. Batcho, who also missed the game last Saturday, finished with three rebounds and three blocked shots.
Gabe Kalscheur led Iowa State with 25 points after going 5-for-6 on 3-pointers, while Jaren Holmes had 15 points and Caleb Grill added 14. Grill was 4-for-8 on 3-pointers for the Cyclones who were 12-for-22 on 3-pointers in the game. ISU finished the night shooting 49.3 percent from the field.
Iowa State took a 39-20 halftime lead with an 11-0 run to end the half. Isaacs and Harmon led the Red Raiders with six points each while Tyson had five. Tech had committed 13 turnovers through 20 minutes which led to 17 points by the Cyclones. The Red Raiders were only 2-for-11 on 3-pointers and ISU was 7-for-13, including Grill hitting a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to make it a 19-point game. Kalscheur led the Cyclones with 15 points and Grill had eight. ISU had committed only seven turnovers.
Tech, which had not lost back-to-back games since the 2020-21 season, will now look to avoid a 0-5 start to its conference schedule for the first time since 2015 when that team started 0-6. The Red Raiders will travel to Austin with a 0-4 record against ranked opponents this season. The Longhorns (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) host No. 17 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday before playing Tech on Saturday in the first matchup between the two programs at the new Moody Center.
ISU won the tip and took the first lead of the game with Kalscheur making a runner in the lane for a 2-0 on its opening possession
Isaacs made Tech’s first basket with a 3-pointer (17:02) and was followed by Harmon making a fastbreak layup for a 5-4 lead… ISU responded on the other end with a Kalscheur jumper to regain the lead going into the first media timeout.
Grill hit a pair of 3-pointers to give ISU a 14-8 lead (11:56) before a Harmon jumper made it a four-point game
Obanor made his first basket of the game and was fouled with 10 minutes remaining in the first half… Tech was 5-for-12 from the field (1 of 5 on 3-pointers) through 10 minutes of play – along with having seven turnovers… Obanor came out of the media timeout and hit the free throw to cut ISU’s lead to 17-13 (10:14).
Harmon raced down the court after an Obanor steal for a fastbreak layup that made it a 19-17 lead for the Cyclones going into the under-8 media timeout… Harmon had six points on 3-for-5 shooting to begin the game… Tech had a 7-2 scoring advantage on fastbreaks through 12 minutes of the game.
ISU was on a 7-0 run and led 26-17 with 3:51 remaining… Tech was only 1-for-9 to start the game on 3-pointers while ISU was 4-of-10 going into the final media timeout of the first half.
Tyson made a 3-pointer to stop a 9-0 run by ISU and cut the Tech deficit to 28-20 with 2:38 to play until halftime… Tyson had five points after the shot and Tech was then 2-for-11 on 3s.
ISU responded with an 8-0 run (17-3) with Grill hitting a pair of free throws to push it to that point… ISU had started the game 0-for-6 at the free-throw line before he made the first two of the game for the Cyclones.
ISU went into halftime with a 39-20 lead and on an 11-0 run after Grill drilled a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer… Tech had committed its 13th turnover of the first half with three seconds remaining on a travel call on Isaacs to set up the final play of the half.
Batcho stopped a 13-0 run with a tough inside shot to make it 41-22 following an ISU basket to start the second half… An Isaacs layup off a steal by Harmon gave Tech a 4-0 run… Tech went into the first media timeout of the second half down 48-29 (15:32).
Harmon made another fastbreak layup to give Tech a 6-0 run and had them to within 48-33 before Kalscheur stopped the run with a layup… Obanor would make a layup on the other end to make it a 15-point game again.. Obanor had seven points after the basket and with 14 minutes remaining.
Kalscheur would hit a 3 and then Holmes had a fastbreak dunk for a 59-35 lead… ISU was on a 9-0 run after the sequence
ISU had a 72-42 lead with 7:08 to play before Harmon hit a long 3-pointer to give him 14 points… Tech was 4-for-21 on 3-pointers after the shot.
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