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Texas downs Iowa St. 68-64 behind play of Osetkowski

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Dylan Osetkowski scored 20 points, Matt Coleman knocked down a crucial jumper in the final minute and Texas beat Iowa State 68-64 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Jase Febres added 12 points and Jericho Sims pulled down 15 rebounds for the No. 7 seed Longhorns (19-13), who advanced to play second-seeded Texas Tech in Thursday's quarterfinals.

The Cyclones (13-18) forged a 58-all tie on a basket by Zoran Talley Jr. with 5 minutes left, but Coleman started a run of six straight points that gave Texas a cushion. Coleman then scored again with 43.1 seconds left, giving the Longhorns a 68-64 advantage in the back-and-forth affair.

Lindell Wigginton turned the ball over on the Cyclones' next possession, ending any comeback.

The freshman guard finished with 20 points and eight boards for Iowa State, but he also committed nine turnovers against two assists. Cameron Lard had 14 points and Talley had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Kerwin Roach had nine points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Longhorns, fighting through some shaky shooting - he was 2 for 12 from the floor - and a chipped tooth. Roach took an elbow to the mouth midway through the first half, sending half of an upper tooth skittering across the floor.

The Cyclones, winners of three of the past four Big 12 Tournaments, looked in the opening minutes as if they had brought some of that Hilton Magic south on Interstate 35 once again. They slowly built a 28-18 lead, taking advantage of the Longhorns' cold outside shooting.

The game turned when Roach - missing half that tooth - returned to the lineup.

Texas turned up the defensive intensity, Osetkowski made back-to-back 3s after missing his first six from beyond the arc, and a 16-3 closing charge gave the Longhorns a 34-31 halftime lead.

Roach had his front tooth repaired in the locker room, and the junior guard returned to the floor with a bright orange mouth guard that he probably wished he'd been wearing all along.

Texas pushed its run to 22-3 before the Cyclones finally got into a rhythm. When they did, they relied on Wigginton on the outside and Lard on the inside, clawing their way back from a 40-31 deficit with a big run of their own that got a crowd full of red on its feet and roaring.

The Longhorns kept answering down the stretch, not only advancing to the quarterfinals but giving their rather shaky NCAA Tournament resume a chance to keep improving.


Longhorns coach Shaka Smart said earlier this week that Mo Bamba was "making progress" from his sprained toe but his status was still day to day. The 7-footer, who averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds against Iowa State this season, watched from the Texas bench in warmups.


Iowa State committed 17 turnovers, most of them unforced, and that wiped out an otherwise solid shooting performance. It also wiped out the Cyclones' stingy defense, which held Texas to 8 of 31 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Texas survived without Bamba, setting up a showdown with the Red Raiders in the quarterfinals that would almost certainly lock up an at-large NCAA Tournament bid with a victory.


Iowa State heads back to Ames to begin working on next season.

Texas heads into Thursday night's quarterfinal against the Red Raiders.

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