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.
Lindell Wigginton turned the ball over on the Cyclones’ next possession, ending any comeback.
The freshman finished with 20 points and eight boards for Iowa State, but he also committed nine turnovers. Cam Lard had 14 points and Talley had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Iowa State committed 17 turnovers 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.