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Big12 men: Iowa whips Iowa State, 78-53

December 9, 2001

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— Iowa and Reggie Evans proved to be just as formidable as Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy had feared.

Evans had 24 points and 17 rebounds and No. 12 Iowa overpowered Iowa State inside in beating the Cyclones 78-53 on Saturday.

Luke Recker and Glen Worley each scored 14 points for Iowa (7-3), which bounced back from a loss at Northern Iowa to hand the Cyclones a loss that matched their biggest ever at Hilton Coliseum, which opened in 1971.

"I told our players that we would catch Iowa as determined as they were to date," Eustachy said. "We hooked a tiger and we knew it. We had to play a perfect game to win it. We didn't and this is the result you get."

Iowa held Iowa State (5-4) to 34.7 percent shooting and had a 47-24 rebounding edge, mainly because the Cyclones had no one who could match up with the 6-foot-8, 245-pound Evans.

Iowa State got the lead down to five early in the second half, but Iowa countered with a 12-4 run and won going away to match the margin in Vanderbilt's 105-80 victory over Iowa State at Hilton in 1975.

"That's the way this team can guard. That's the way this team can punish someone," Iowa coach Steve Alford said. "We just punished a very good rebounding team and beat them by 23 on the boards in their building."

Tyray Pearson led Iowa State with 20 points but scored only six in the second half. Shane Power added 17 points for the Cyclones, who had only six assists and were 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Iowa was 9-for-15 on 3-pointers.

"This is what we wanted to do at Northern Iowa, but for some reason it didn't happen," Alford said.

Jake Sullivan, Iowa State's leading scorer, returned after missing three games with a sprained right knee but was ineffective. He wasn't as mobile as usual and scored only eight points on 2-for-8 shooting while playing 34 minutes.

Oklahoma 71,

Louisiana Tech 67, OT

Norman, Okla. Ebi Ere and Quannas White each scored five points in overtime Saturday as Oklahoma held off Louisiana Tech. The Sooners (5-1) led by as many as 10 in the second half before Louisiana Tech (4-2) rallied behind the 3-point shooting of Gerrod Henderson. Henderson, who finished with 21 points, made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 56 with 2:35 left in regulation. Hollis Price, who led all scorers with 25 points, made two free throws with 45 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma a 60-57 lead. But Henderson sank his fifth 3 with 6.2 seconds left to force overtime. A jumper by Ere with just over two minutes remaining gave the Sooners the lead for good, 67-66.

No. 10 Oklahoma St. 90, Jackson St. 41

Stillwater, Okla. Fredrik Jonzen had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Oklahoma State returned from a one-week layoff by routing Jackson State. Ivan McFarlin added 17 points, and Victor Williams 14 for the Cowboys (9-0), who held Jackson State 31 points below its season average. Kelly Ross scored 11 for Jackson State (1-6), which shot just 26 percent (15-of-57) and had 19 turnovers.

Miami 64, Texas A&M; 55

College Station, Texas James Jones scored 18 points to lead Miami. Four of the five starters scored in double figures for Miami (8-0). Elton Tyler and Jones capitalized on their inside size advantage, each posting nine rebounds. Tyler scored 12 points. Texas A&M; (5-2) could not find any offense inside.

Northwestern 79, Kansas St. 56

Evanston, Ill. Vedran Vukusic and Jitim Young each scored 17 points in leading Northwestern past Kansas State. The Wildcats, who have captured four straight games for a 5-1 record, led by 37 points at one point and held Kansas State to 30 percent field-goal shooting. Larry Reid's 20 points to lead Kansas State (4-3), playing its first road game of the season, and Pervis Pasco and Nick Williams added 15 each.

Baylor 95,

North Texas 81

Waco, Texas John Lucas scored a career-high 27 points and Lawrence Roberts added 22 to lead Baylor. Playing 37 minutes, Lucas hit 11-of-14 shots from the field including 4-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line. The freshman point guard also had seven assists. Chad Elsey added 17 points for the Bears (6-1). The Bears converted 36-of-62 field goal attempts for 58 percent, while North Texas (1-5) shot 39 percent.

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