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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State put away Texas Tech late in the game on Wednesday night to win their conference home opener.
The No. 13 Cyclones (12-2, 1-1) beat the Red Raiders (11-2, 1-1) by a score of 76-69 to get back in the win column following their loss to No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday.
It was Matt Thomas' night as he scored a career-high 22 points and was 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Jameel McKay also did his part in the win, posting his fifth double-double of the year with 19 points and 14 rebounds, as well as four blocks.
Georges Niang, who had foul trouble early and only played four minutes in the first half, scored all 14 of his points in the second half.
Iowa State led 40-30 at halftime and did allow a gritty Texas Tech team to hang around in the second half. However, the Cyclones were able to seal the win down the stretch.
Thomas hit a tough step-back 3 before Monte Morris found Abdel Nader on an alley-oop dunk that put Iowa State in the lead 74-65 with 1:07 left in the game.
In their next outing, the Cyclones will face Baylor at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. (CT).