Connor Lammert

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No Taylor? No problem. 

At least, that’s what the Texas men’s basketball players are saying right now.

The Longhorns acknowledged they’ll miss sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor, who expects to be out for an extended amount of time after suffering a broken wrist on a hard foul by Iowa center Gabriel Olaseni on Thursday. But the players aren’t panicking without their second-leading scorer in the lineup.

Junior guard Javan Felix gets the first chance to fill Taylor’s vacated spot at point guard. He played admirably in Taylor’s place on Friday against California, tallying 9 points and four rebounds in 35 minutes to help lead the Longhorns to a championship in the 2K Classic tournament in New York City.

“Our mentality’s the same,” junior forward Connor Lammert said. “We’re going to run. Javan knows what to do just as good as Isaiah. Javan’s one of our best three-point shooters, and that opens the floor a lot.”

Felix has actually started his fair share of games at point guard for the Longhorns. He was pressed into action as a freshman when Myck Kabongo was suspended, forcing him to start 23 games at the point.

He played well during that stint, averaging 5.5 assists in 34.4 minutes, and he said he believes that experience will help him now that he’s rejoined the starting lineup.

“It’s really valuable,” Felix said. “I believe everything happens for a reason, and maybe that was that reason. I’m ready to do whatever for the team. If that means me playing a lot of minutes and just running this team, then I’ll do it.”

The Longhorns are an undeniably different team without Taylor in the lineup, however. Taylor, who averaged 15 points and 2.3 assists in his three games this season, looks to run the floor and make things happen in transition, while Felix prefers to slow things down and set up the offense.

“I’m a fast guard, so I like to push it,” Taylor said. “Javan likes to slow it down a little, and that’s fine. That makes us a better half-court team. Knowing that Javan can shoot the ball, people can’t go under screens. It adds a different dynamic to the whole team.”

Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy figures to back up Felix until Taylor returns, and Demarcus Holland, starting junior shooting guard, will likely get some time at the point as well. Sophomore guard Damarcus Croaker could also see a boost in his minutes although he didn’t see the floor Friday in Taylor’s first game out.

Texas will be thin at the guard spot until Taylor is healthy, but the Longhorn players say they believe the guys behind him are ready to step up.

“Isaiah’s going to be back soon,” Lammert said. “We’re just going to have to have that ‘next man’s up’ mentality until he’s back.”

Texas gets its first chance to play without Taylor at home Tuesday, when it hosts Saint Francis at 7 p.m.

Sophomore center Cameron Ridley has greatly improved his all-around game for the Longhorns this season, posting averages of 11.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

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Almost five months ago, Texas entered its season selected to finish eighth in the Big 12. Now, with one week to go in the regular season, the Longhorns have a chance to finish tied for second in the conference.

Texas (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) travels to Lubbock on Saturday to face Texas Tech (13-17, 5-12 Big 12). If the Longhorns are able to grab a win in their last regular season game, they will finish six spots ahead of their predicted finish in the league. 

Texas has had little trouble at home this season. However, it has struggled to produce many wins on the road. The Longhorns, who are 5-5 in away games, have lost their last four games hosted by opponents, including a 12-point loss to Oklahoma and a 31-point loss to Kansas.

“We have faced some adversity, and that’s one thing that we just talked about in the locker room looking forward to Tech,” sophomore forward Connor Lammert said. “We know it’s going to be a great crowd there; we just have to handle adversity better and not make stupid turnovers. If we make stupid turnovers we’re taking ourselves out of the game, just like we did in Oklahoma.”

Sophomore center Cameron Ridley leads his team into Lubbock with three-straight double-double performances. 

Jonathan Holmes, who sat out Wednesday’s game against TCU due to injury, is expected to play on Saturday, but Ridley and Lammert will have to fill his role if the forward isn’t able to play.

Texas looks to keep up its confidence and effort as it nears post-season play. But before it gets ahead of itself, the team is maintaining all focus on a strong regular season finish.

“I’m just focused on the Big 12 tournament right now and, besides the Big 12 Tournament, our game in Lubbock this Saturday,” freshman guard Isaiah Taylor said. “We’re trying to take it one game at a time and we’re not looking past anybody.”

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It didn’t matter if he pulled up in transition, off the pass on the wing or spotted up in the corner, the results were all the same for Javan Felix. 

No matter where they came from, the shots fell. The stout Louisiana native converted six of his eight 3-point attempts en route to a 27-point showing Tuesday night, leading Texas to an 87-68 victory at the Frank Erwin Center over Oklahoma State.

“I know I can make those shots,” Felix said. “It was just a matter of me taking them. I took my open looks tonight, within the flow of the offense, and it paid off.”

Felix’s shooting performance was highlighted by a stretch midway through the first half when he scored eight points on three-consecutive possessions for the Longhorns. The sophomore guard also opened the second half with back-to-back triples to balloon the Texas lead to 27 and eliminate any possibility of a second-half Cowboy comeback.

Sophomore forward Connor Lammert contributed from the land beyond as well, hitting a few 3-pointers of his own. Lammert got the start in place of junior forward Jonathan Holmes, who was out with a right knee injury, and took advantage of the extra minutes. The San Antonio product had nine boards to go with his nine points.

“[Lammert] showed a lot of guts tonight,” Texas head coach Rick Barnes said. “His ankle was swollen up after rolling it in practice yesterday. The last thing I said to him before the game was that he better shoot it every time he’s open, and he did that tonight.”

The most exciting moment of the game came early in the second frame as freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor pushed the floor in transition and lobbed an alley-oop pass to fellow freshman Martez Walker, who finished it off with a two-handed slam. The hijinks brought the crowd to its feet as Taylor flashed a quick smile before heading back on defense.

“Against Kansas State last game, we were just stagnant,” Walker said. “Tonight, we came out ready, played with intensity and got the results.”

The demoralizing defeats continue to mount for Oklahoma State, who has now lost five straight and six of its last seven games. Combine those struggles with the absence of sophomore superstar Marcus Smart, who will miss the next two games as part of his suspension for pushing a Texas Tech fan, and it’s obvious that the Cowboys aren’t in a good place right now.

As for Texas, the big win was much needed as they head into a tough three-game stretch with Holmes’ status still up in the air. The Longhorns welcome a sizzling-hot West Virginia team this Saturday before hitting the road for a couple contests against Top 25 opponents Iowa St. and Kansas next week.

“I think Holmes will play, but we aren’t going to do anything until the doctors clear him,” Barnes said. “The game against West Virginia will be a physical game. We’ll have to play against their 1-3-1 zone defense and they’re shooting it very well.”

Texas has needed a late second-half comeback to secure the majority of its wins this year. Five times in seven contests the Longhorns have trailed in the final seven minutes of a game – winning four of those times.

After the third of those narrow victories, sophomore forward Connor Lammert offered a simple theory as to why Texas has been so successful in late-game situations.

“You see the lineup we have out there when we finish the game and it’s most of the guys that have returned,” Lammert said after a 72-62 triumph over Stephen F. Austin last month. “We’ve finished well with that lineup on the court. Last four minutes, we were really able to hold onto the ball, make free throws, execute and get stops and rebounds. I think that’s what we’ve done well better than anything.”

Over the final eight minutes of that game, Texas used only six players – Javan Felix, Jonathan Holmes, Demarcus Holland, Isaiah Taylor, Cameron Ridley and Lammert – five of whom were among the six scholarship players that returned from last year’s 16-18 team, Taylor being the lone freshman. 

Trailing by four at the 8:00 mark, 54-50, the Longhorns ended the game on a 22-8 run to win the game by 10 points. It’s how Texas has been winning most of its games this year.

Four underclassmen – Myck Kabongo, Julien Lewis, Ioannis Papapetrou and Sheldon McClellan – all left the program after last season for various reasons. Kabongo, Papapetrou and McClellan were the Longhorns’ three leading scorers a year ago. Losing them was a big reason why Texas was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 this season.

Not only were the Longhorns bad in 2012, they were supposed to be worse in 2013.

But those members of the worst Rick Barnes-led team at Texas who came back this year have led the Longhorns to a 6-1 start. Tough non-conference games remain against squads like Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Michigan State. But the Longhorns have shown they can be much improved since last year.

A closer look at Texas’ first seven games shows that are getting plenty out of its perseverant returners but that one newcomer, in particular, has made his presence felt. He doesn’t lead the team in any major conventional category but he does come out on top when you look at plus-minus (how many more or less points the Longhorns score than their opponent when he’s on the floor).

It’s that lone newcomer in the six-man rotation – Isaiah Taylor – who leads Texas in plus-minus at +74. The Longhorns are -9 when he’s not on the floor, making him one of two players on the team who Texas has been outscored by its opponents when he’s not on the floor, the other being Holland.

Not surprisingly, Taylor also leads the Longhorns in +/- per 40 minutes at +16.5. Jonathan Holmes (+13.6) and Holland (+12.1) are the only others in double digits in this category.

The single-best plus-minus performance of the year, however, doesn’t belong to Taylor but to Holmes, who was +35 in the aforementioned victory over a solid Stephen F. Austin team who won 27 games last season. Holmes was an incredible +24 in the second half and Texas was -25 in that game when he wasn’t on the floor.

Here are the five best individual plus-minus outings this year:

And here are the five worst individual plus-minus games. As expected, most of them came in the Longhorns’ only defeat so far this year, a 86-82 loss to BYU in Kansas City on Nov. 25.

Texas’ starting lineup hasn’t changed much this year. Four players – Holland, Taylor, Ridley and Holmes – have started every game they’ve played in so far. But there is one move Barnes has stuck with. He’s made a sixth man of sorts out of Felix, who has recently become the first man off the bench instead of a mainstay in the starting lineup.

Has it paid off? The numbers say no. In Felix’s three starts, he was +14 but in the last four games he hasn’t started, Felix is -10, including a -15 showing against BYU. Even if you treat that performance as an anomaly and only look at Texas’ six wins so far, Felix has still been better as a starter. He’s +14 in Texas’ three wins he’s started in and +5 in the team’s three victories he hasn’t started in.

Here is a complete breakdown of how each player has done as a starter and how they’ve done coming off the bench.

Of those six scholarship players who returned from last year’s team, only sophomore forward Prince Ibeh was not included in that effective late-game six-man rotation. But, as this table shows, Ibeh has saved his best basketball for the close games this year.

In games decided by fewer than 10 points, Ibeh has notched a +14, including a +12 in just 16 minutes of an 84-77 win over South Alabama in the Longhorns’ second game of the season. On the other hand, Ibeh is -8 in games decided by at least 10 points.

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It took some time, but the Longhorns finally got a Texas-sized victory on Monday night, blowing out Houston Baptist 89-61 at the Erwin Center.

After opening up the season with three close wins over a few tricky mid-major opponents, Texas moved to 4-0 on the year with the big victory over the lowly Huskies.

“I’ll be honest, it was nice not to have to play from behind tonight,” sophomore forward Connor Lammert said. “We started out well and came out strong again in the second half to really put it away.”

The Longhorns did not look particularly impressive in the game but were able to take advantage of Houston Baptist’s sloppy ball handling and poor shot selection.

The Huskies turned the ball over 16 times and shot just 39 percent from the field. Texas scored 16 points off turnovers.

“Our zone still needs a lot of work,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “We have to do a better job of guarding the ball, but we’re long and we were very active out there tonight and that created some opportunities for us on the offensive end.”

The Longhorns’ 89 points were their most in a game this season. The scoring attack was led by the veteran trio of junior forward Jonathan Holmes, sophomore guard Javan Felix and Lammert, who had 15, 14 and 13 points, respectively. Lammert led all Texas players with 26 minutes, was just one rebound shy of a double-double and had three blocks on the night.

“The rebounds and blocks are something I’ve worked on a lot in practice,” Lammert said. “If it wasn’t for guys like Prince, Cam and Jonathan pushing me in practice, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I’m at now.”

While the elder statesmen did the heavy lifting, Texas’ big lead throughout the game gave some of the younger players valuable minutes. Freshmen guards Kendal Yancy, who got his first start of the season, Damarcus Croaker and Martez Walker all saw significant playing time and combined for 26 points and 12 rebounds.

“We needed a game like this to get the freshmen out there,” Barnes said. “They gave us a lot of effort on the defensive end and did all the things that we’ve been asking them to do.”

All three of Texas’ walk-on players also got in the game late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore forward Danny Newsome even found his way into the box score, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds.

Here are four takeaways from Monday's game:

Yancy gets the start

Freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor started from day one for the Longhorns, shifting Felix, Texas’ leading returning scorer, to shooting guard. Against Houston Baptist, a different freshman took Felix’s spot in the starting lineup: Yancy.

Yancy, a four-star recruit from Richardson, contributed seven points, four rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes of action. This included a definitive slam in transition after a steal. Felix, for his part, had 14 points in 17 minutes.

Yancy, a 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound guard gives the Longhorns added size at the two-guard spot. Felix, at only 5-feet-11-inches, is undersized for a shooting guard, and could struggle later in the season to defend larger guards. Barnes made the early-season switch to allow Yancy a chance to develop against a non-conference foe, where the stakes aren’t quite as pressing.

Free throw woes

Texas may have won, but the team’s free throw shooting left much to be desired. Against an undersized Huskies squad — Houston Baptist only played one player taller than 6-foot-9-inches — the Longhorns reached the line 40 times, but only converted on 18 of those attempts.

Sophomore center Cameron Ridley had 11 of Texas’ chances but only made three of those. A 33 percent free throw shooter last season, Ridley has regressed early in 2013-14, converting only 35 percent from the line in 20 attempts.

For much of the game, the Longhorns actually shot a better percentage from the three-point line than they did from the charity stripe, until Yancy hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds remaining. Texas finished the game shooting 42.3 percent from three and 44.1 percent from the field.  

Opportunistic defense

The Longhorns struggled playing a zone defense early in the season. Their 2-3 look was far from perfect against Houston Baptist, but Texas defenders were opportunistic and aggressive in the passing lanes, forcing the Huskies into 16 turnovers.

Texas’ length created a lot of opportunities, as the Longhorns consistently pressured the smaller Huskies guards. Texas committed only nine turnovers of its own and created 16 points off HBU mishandles. This is the fourth game this season the Longhorns forced 13 turnovers or more.

Toothy grin

Holmes will have a little less of a smile Tuesday afternoon. Holmes took a hard spill while diving for a loose ball, losing chunks of two teeth in the process.

“He looks different,” sophomore forward Connor Lammert said. “But he looks alright. That kind of effort shows who he is.”

The game stopped while a pair of medical staff searched for the fragments of Holmes’ teeth on the floor. Still, Holmes who sat out the majority of the second half, managed to lead the Longhorns offensively, scoring a team-high 15 points while adding six boards.

Most Improved- 
Connor Lammert: His overall numbers for the year aren’t overwhelming, and he began to tail off as the season waned but Lammert made the most of his freshman season. His best performances came down the stretch when the Longhorns absolutely needed wins, but in the end it proved to be too little, too late for his team. Lammert’s length and soft shooting touch give Texas an outside scorer that can also crash the boards when needed. Lammert’s tenacity late in games showed Rick Barnes he can hang with anyone and isn’t afraid to hit the deck for a loose ball. If he can continue to stretch defenses with his outside shot and make big defensive plays he will enjoy a fruitful career at Texas.

Biggest Disappointment- 
Jaylen Bond: The sophomore big man was in line to have a breakout year after averaging 15 minutes of playing time last year. This season Bond suffered a foot injury during a game against Chaminade and would go on to miss nine consecutive games. During a time when the Longhorns were without the suspended Myck Kabongo, Bond’s presence on the glass was sorely missed. There were also times when Bond seemed to think his 6-foot-7 frame was better suited to shoot contested jumpers rather than clear out space on the low block. Bond has some work to do if he is to improve on this season where he played in 20 games and averaged less than three points per game.

Coaches’ Grade- 
C: This may have been the worst season Texas has endured under the guidance of Rick Barnes, but it had been a few years in the making. Give Barnes credit for consistently convincing some of the best athletes to don a Texas uniform, even if it was only for a year or two. Names like Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton come to mind, and while they were great during their time as Longhorns, it is tough to build a perennial power when multiple players are declaring for the NBA Draft nearly every year. It’s no secret Kabongo has had his eye on the NBA since stepping foot on the 40 Acres, but as far as the rest of Barnes’ team goes, it should stay intact. Barnes has been around long enough to know what his team needs to improve upon in order to compete, so a grade of C seems fair for a coach that had a grand total of zero upperclassmen that recorded meaningful minutes during this season.

Sheldon McClellan: Despite being benched in a handful of games, McClellan was the Longhorns’ most consistent scorer. When he isn’t slumping he’s capable of scoring in bunches, and as he matures his game will evolve so that he can involve his teammates as well. There’s no indication at the moment that McClellan has any plans of jumping ship and heading to the NBA, so his future is as bright as ever. He’ll return as the team’s leading scorer, and after showing some reluctance to shoot the ball early on this season, he seems to be realizing that he is the Longhorns’ primary scoring option until someone takes the crown from him. Barnes’ and McClellan’s relationship has been tenuous at times, but it is in both of their best interest for McClellan to continue to be the go-to option on offense. McClellan’s defensive game is another story, but with his deft scoring ability Barnes should be willing to take what he can get from the sophomore.

Texas forward Ioannis Papapetrou drives past TCU forward Adrick McKinney during the second half Tuesday. Texas won 68-59.

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The Longhorns’ first road win of the season had been a long time coming.

After getting run out of town in all seven of its road games, Texas (12-14, 4-9) made quick work of TCU (10-16, 1-12), winning 68-59 Tuesday night in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs never led in the game, and although they hold a 42-36 advantage in games played against the Longhorns in Fort Worth, the Longhorns seemed determined not to let this win slip away.

“We flowed on offense and we moved,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “A lot of good things happened. It’s just execution.” 

Ioannis Papapetrou led Texas with 15 points, but it was his freshman teammate Connor Lammert’s versatility that helped the Longhorns snap out of their road skid. In the past three games Lammert has started, he has averaged 12 points and six rebounds. Against the Horned Frogs, Lammert scored 13 points, snagged seven rebounds and had three assists.

“If you asked them what happened, [Ioannis Papapetrou] said it,” Barnes said. “He finally figured it out.”

After a 12-point second half lead for the Longhorns shrunk to five with five and a half minutes to play, Myck Kabongo grabbed a defensive rebound and was on the break in a matter of moments. Kabongo looked up the court to find a wide-open Lammert, who flipped a circus shot up against the glass while being fouled, resulting in an acrobatic display of the freshman’s skills. Lammert would hit the free-throw attempt that followed, stymieing any comeback the Horned Frogs had in mind.

“I was super surprised it went in,” Lammert said. “I think the whole rest of the stadium was too, but it was a good feed by Myck.”

Kabongo himself was back in the Texas lineup for the third straight game and he added 12 points to go along with seven assists and just two turnovers. Javan Felix played for 13 minutes and scored one three-point basket early in the first half. Demarcus Holland, also a starter for the past three games, scored nine points in 22 minutes.

Three Horned Frogs scored in double figures, led by Garlon Green’s team-high 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting. TCU shot 45.7 percent from the field against a Texas team that as of Feb. 14 ranked No. 2 in the nation in field goal percentage defense. Guards Kyan Anderson and Nate Butler Lind combined to score 22 points and dished out 13 of the Horned Frogs’s 16 total assists.

Published on February 20, 2013 as "At last, sweet victory on the road". 

Texas point guard Myck Kabongo drives through Kansas' Kevin Young and Jeff Withey in the first half.

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Texas has had plenty of poor shooting nights this season and has gotten off to many sluggish starts.

But the Longhorns turned in one of the worst 20 minutes of the season Saturday, going into the locker room at Phog Allen Fieldhouse trailing the Jayhawks, 28-15, at halftime. Texas, fortunate to trail by only 13 points at the break, shot 20 percent from the field and even missed four of its 11 free throw attempts.

The Longhorns recorded just one assist in the first half, from Jonathan Holmes to Connor Lammert on a three-pointer at the 16:19 mark, their only three-pointer of the half. Lammert, who scored a career-high 14 points in Texas' 89-86 double-overtime win over Iowa State this Wednesday, scored all seven of his team-high first-half points within the first 4:04 of the game.

The rest of Lammert's teammates combined for eight points on 2-for-18 (11.1 percent) in the first half.

Senior Travis Releford, who wears the No. 15 that Mario Chalmers, whose jersey number was retired at halftime, once wore, led the Jayhawks with seven points in the first half, hitting a pair of three-pointers early on in the period. Ben McLemore, who many believe is the top NBA draft prospect in the country and who scored 30 points in a win over Kansas State earlier this week, scored six points, along with his teammate, senior Jeff Withey.

The 15 points scored by Texas in the first half against Texas tie the fewest it has ever scored in a half in Big 12 play. The Longhorns were also held to 15 points during the second half of a 46-43 loss to Texas A&M on Mar. 1, 2006.

Freshman forward Connor Lammert (21) scored a career-high 14 points in the Longhorns’ double overtime win over Iowa State. Texas is seeking its first road win at Kansas in over two years.

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During his 23-game suspension, Myck Kabongo was unable to travel with the Longhorns, but on Saturday he will start on the road against Kansas with a double-overtime home win over Iowa State under his belt.

He’ll face quite the road test in his second game back. It’s been two years since Texas last won in Lawrence, and the Jayhawks are a few days removed from a big win over in-state rival Kansas State. 

But before their dominant win over the Wildcats, the Jayhawks had lost three straight Big 12 games including a home loss to Oklahoma State. The loss to the Cowboys snapped a 32-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

Freshman Ben McLemore leads Kansas in scoring at 16.8 points per game and is coming off his second 30-point game of the year. McLemore scored 16 against Texas in the Jayhawks’ 64-59 win in Austin on Jan. 19.

“I do think Myck being in the lineup will give us another perimeter defender and allow us to put another defender on McLemore,” assistant coach Russell Springmann said.

Kabongo may have missed the last ten minutes against Iowa State earlier this week, but he brought life to Rick Barnes’ offense just enough for Texas to hang on for the win in double overtime. 

Connor Lammert found out just how beneficial Kabongo’s presence could be for the Longhorns, scoring 28 combined points in his return. Lammert had a career night and made sure the game would not reach triple overtime, showing some serious grit in the extra periods.

“We’re 1-0 with our full team,” Kabongo said in a brief statement following the game.

Kabongo has been practicing with his teammates all year, and now he gets the first chance to travel and play with them. With his presence on the road the Longhorns may finally stir up the confidence to win their first game on the road since November 21.

Published on February 15, 2013 as "Kabongo preps for road game; Longhorns face resilient KU". 

Freshman Ioannis Papapetrou celebrates after scoring the final basket in regulation, a three-pointer to send the Longhorns into overtime Wednesday. 

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Why Texas Won - Sheldon McClellan scored all 10 of the Longhorns’ points in the second overtime and led Texas with 18 total points. McClellan was also a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and pulled down a team-high three offensive boards. With Myck Kabongo and Jonathan Holmes fouled out, McClellan took the game into his own hands in overtime and finally showed he can make tough shots down the stretch. One of the best performances McClellan has had all season.

First Half: Texas shot 50 percent from the field but turned the ball over eight times and trailed by four points at the intermission. Connor Lammert scored seven points and Kabongo logged 20 minutes of action, adding six points and five assists. Iowa State’s Will Clyburn hit all five of his free throws on his way to 11 first-half points. Melvin Ejim added eight points and seven rebounds for the Cyclones.

Second Half/Overtimes: The Longhorns and Cyclones exchanged baskets for much of the second half, but with under two seconds to play freshman forward Ioannis Papapetrou connected on a long three-pointer, tying the game at 71-71. Kabongo would score the Longhorns’ first bucket in overtime and would assist on a Julien Lewis three-pointer on Texas’ next possession. Lewis hit two threes in the first overtime, his only points on the night. The Longhorns did not miss a free throw in either overtime and shot 80 percent from the charity stripe for the game. Although three Cyclones scored 20 or more points, the Longhorns held them to 35 percent shooting from the field.

—Nick Cremona

Stock Up - Connor Lammert: The freshman scored a career-high 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting, added six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal as time expired in the second overtime period. He had some trouble containing Melvin Ejim on the defensive end, but Lammert really stepped up after Jonathan Holmes fouled out in the first overtime.

By The Numbers - 80: Number of field goal attempts for Iowa State, 19 more than Texas attempted.

5: Texas players who scored in double figures: Sheldon McClellan, Ioannis Papapetrou, Connor Lammert, Myck Kabongo and Javan Felix.

7: Offensive rebounds for Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim. Texas had nine total offensive rebounds.

35: Minutes Myck Kabongo played in his season debut after serving a 23-game suspension.