AMES, Iowa — Isaiah Brookington played a four-point lead with 1:52 left to lead No. 11 Iowa past 25th Texas Tech 51-47 in a defensive struggle Wednesday night.
Brookington’s triples came moments after Texas Tech led 42-40. The Cyclones guard lost his balance, but his clutch shot slipped away.
The resulting foul gave Brookington a four-point play, and his free throw gave Iowa an advantage of 44-42.
Brookington led the Hurricanes (13-1, 1-1 Big 12) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jazz Knk added 13 points.
“I would say they turned it into a rock-solid fight,” Brookington said. “We’ve seen them have games like this before. We’ve seen how they like to push, how they like to make teams uncomfortable and in a hurry.”
Davion Warren scored for the Red Raiders (10-3, 0-1) with 12 points.
Texas Tech has been reduced to five players only for scholarships due to health and safety protocols. The Red Raiders also suffered injuries to the team’s top scorer, Terence Shannon Jr. (14.3 points per game) and Kevin McCullar (13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds).
“Going into this game, we knew we were going to have to play really hard and match their strength. I thought we did,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said.
The Cyclones dominated early with 11-0.
Caleb Grill hit 3s in a row to give Iowa a 15-4 lead. Technology went 4 1/2 minutes without registration.
Cyclones only shot one of his nine shots during the first half, but still had a 30-19 advantage in the break thanks to 3 late Kunc.
The offensive struggles continued after the end of the first half. Iowa went 7:24 without scoring, which helped Tech close the margin to 30-26.
Grill finished the drought with two free throws.
“Offense is not our identity – defense is,” Konk said. “When the shots don’t fall and we can’t get into our plays and we can’t score a bucket, that’s what we do on the defensive end of the floor.”
Iowa State’s first basket came in the second half when Gabe Calshore hit a free throw in the 10:21 minute, making it 34-26.
The Hurricanes hit only one of his first 16 shots after the first half.
“We have to play better with the speed we play in attack, but this is a good team. This is a great defense,” Brookington said.
The Big Picture
After winning just two games last season, Iowa State has already beaten three seeded teams, including No. 25 Xavier and No. 9 Memphis. Texas Tech has won the past five meetings with the Cyclones.
Texas Tech continues its strong stretch in the league with a home game Saturday against No. 6 Kansas followed by a trip to No. 1 ranked Baylor on January 11.
Iowa State plays its first Big 12 road game Saturday in Oklahoma.