Men's Basketball Team Falls to Iowa State|
January 23, 1999
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Martin Rancik's 19 points and his team's success from 3-point range led Iowa State to its third straight victory Saturday, 70-62 over Texas Tech.
The Cyclones (12-7 overall, 3-3 Big 12) made eight of 10 3-pointers - three by Rancik, two each by Michael Nurse and Rodney Hampton and sophomore Marcus Fizer's first in his college career.
It was Texas Tech's fourth loss in five games.
The Cyclones opened their biggest lead of the game, 60-49, on a Hampton 3-pointer with 3:31 to play but could not put Texas Tech (10-8, 2-4) out of reach.
Nurse missed two free throws with just under a minute to play and with Iowa State leading 63-58, but Rancik got the rebound on the second miss, was fouled and completed a three-point play.
Fizer had 17 points for the Cyclones, and Nurse and Hampton scored 12 points each.
Iowa State outrebounded Texas Tech 40-26, led by Stevie Johnson's 11.
The Red Raiders kept the game close, especially in the first half with three ties, the last at 26-26 with 3:03 before halftime. But Rancik hit a 3-pointer and made two free-throws to give Iowa State a 31-26 lead at the break.
Rayford Young led Texas Tech with 13 points. James Ware scored 12 and Andy Ellis added 10. The Red Raiders played without injured starters Cliff Owens and Stan Bonewitz.
Iowa State played just seven players, and Fizer had five stitches in his right hand after cutting it in practice Tuesday. Nurse has been struggling with back pain.