Baylor Hands Iowa State Second Big 12 Loss

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AMES, Iowa -- Baylor was able to hang on late at Hilton Coliseum and beat Iowa State to give the Cyclones their second Big 12 loss in three games.

No. 13 Iowa State (12-3, 1-2) was unable to complete a late comeback against the Bears (12-3, 2-1) on Saturday afternoon and fell 94-89. This marks the first time the Cyclones have lost at Hilton Coliseum since this Baylor squad beat them in February last season.

"They went on a run and we sort of got punched in the mouth," Iowa State forward Georges Niang said. "We need to do better at responding, but coach has been preaching to us to build on our foundation. This is a learning experience as much as it is a season."

The Bears' Johnathan Motley was all over the floor as he unexpectedly had a career outing with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Niang recorded 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Iowa State in a losing effort.

The Cyclones didn't trail in this game until 8:07 remained when the Bears took their first lead at 67-66. It was a back-and-forth battle for the next several possessions, before Baylor went on a 10-0 run and held off Iowa State down the stretch to seal the win.

"Obviously a tough loss, you have to take care of home and we didn't do it," Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said. "The tough thing is we were really in control of the game for most of the stretches."

The Bears were relentless in the second half and put up 60 points.

"They did a good job of slowing the tempo down," Niang said. "When you have to guard for 30 seconds at a time the whole game, they are going to find places to break you down. Obviously, they broke us down more than we wanted them too and we gave them second chance opportunities. We can't let that happen, especially at home."

After the Cyclones jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first half, Baylor clawed back in the game and Iowa State only led 38-34 at halftime. Motley scored 15 points off the bench for the Bears, while Niang posted nine points and five assists in the first half.

Iowa State will face Texas on the road in their next game on Tuesday.

"Obviously a tough loss, you have to bounce back," Prohm said. "This league is good and we have to get ready to go to Texas."

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