Tech Falls in Big 12 Battle with ISU, 86-66|
Josh Gray recorded his second straight 20-point game against the Cyclones.
February 23, 2013
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Will Clyburn and Chris Babb each scored 17 points and Iowa State beat Texas Tech 86-66 on Saturday for its third straight win.
Melvin Ejim had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (19-8, 9-5 Big 12), who tuned up for Monday's home game with Kansas by outscoring the Red Raiders 50-37 in the second half.
The Cyclones stretched their lead to double digits, 50-39, with 13:52 to go and led by at least 10 the rest of the way. Iowa State went ahead by as many as 28 points in cruising to its 22nd straight home win.
Josh Gray had a game-high 20 points for Texas Tech (9-16, 2-12), which has lost eight in a row. Texas Tech handed Iowa State its only bad loss so far, stunning the Cyclones 56-51 in Lubbock last month. The Red Raiders haven't won since.
It was Gray's second straight 20-point outing after recording 26 last time out against Oklahoma.
Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett, one of the nation's top Sixth Men added 13 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career.
The Red Raiders have now faced 10 Top 50 RPI teams in their last 12 games and will add to that list as they head to Manhattan, Kan., for a Monday night showdown with No. 13 Kansas State at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.