McClellan propels Texas over Iowa State, 89-86 2OT
McClellan propels Texas past Iowa State in 2OT, 89-86
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas got a new lineup and a new result, even if it took two overtimes.
Sheldon McClellan scored all 10 of Texas' points in the second overtime and the Longhorns welcomed back point guard Myck Kabongo from a 23-game NCAA suspension with an 89-86 win over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
"Today was like a new season for us," McClellan said. "It was good to have our Speedy Gonzales back."
Texas would say the same about him.
McClellan has been the target of public criticism from coach Rick Barnes for his inconsistent play all season, but delivered big baskets and defense against the Cyclones. McClellan had a key steal which led to his two free throws in the final seconds for Texas (11-13, 3-8 Big 12).
"I just wanted to be aggressive," McClellan said. "I wanted to give more effort tonight and I think I did. There has been a lot of criticism, but I am better for the stuff I've gone through."
Kabongo played his first game of the season after being suspended for receiving improper benefits related to a 2012 trip to Cleveland and providing misleading information to university investigators. He scored 13 points, had five assists and seven rebounds, before fouling out early in the first overtime.
Kabongo went to the post-game interview session, but refused to answer questions.
"This was a team-win. It's not about me so I am not going to take any questions. It's all about the team," Kabongo said before leaving.
Kabongo juiced up the Texas offense with his passing and penetration, but the team that had been counting on his return to turn around a dismal season had to win without him at the end.
Texas had five players score in double figures. Connor Lammert scored 14 points and Ioannis Papapetrou scored 14, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
"Maybe that was the best part of it," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "That group just found a way to win.
Melvin Ejim had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Iowa State (16-8, 6-5), which beat Texas by 20 in the first meeting of the season. This time, the Cyclones made 11 3-pointers but shot just 35 percent overall. Will Clyburn scored 20 and Tyrus McGee scored 21 for the Cylones.
Iowa State had a chance to tie but Chris Babb's 3-pointer with 5 seconds left missed and Lammert took the ball from Babb in a scramble for the long rebound.
"I am sick. I am absolutely sick for our guys," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.
The Cyclones are 1-5 on the road in the Big 12.
"We have lost three absolute heartbreakers on the road to some very good teams. "We have to go take care of our home court and try to find a way to steal these last few road games."
Iowa State looked like it had it won when Korie Lucious made two free throws for a 71-68 lead with 5.6 seconds left in regulation, but after Texas got the ball to midcourt and called time out, Papapetrou threw an inbounds pass to Jonathan Holmes, who immediately gave it back to him and screened a defender as Papapetrou swished a 25-footer.
Julien Lewis, who didn't score in regulation, made two 3-pointers in the first overtime. Texas had a chance to win it there, but Javan Felix, who was Texas' starting point guard until Kabongo returned, missed a tough leaning jumper in the final seconds and Iowa State grabbed the rebound.
McClellan took over the second overtime for Texas. Iowa State twice held the lead, the last time at 86-85, before McClellan made two free throws with 45 seconds left.
"Winning with the group we have had might be the biggest thing we gain from this game," Barnes said.
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