By Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Iowa State pulled off a miracle Thursday night.
After not being able to hit a shot during nearly a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half, Monte Morris drained a jumper from the right baseline at the horn, giving the Cyclones a 69-67 victory against Texas in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament at the Sprint Center.
The defending postseason tournament champion was nearly dead, the 13th-ranked Cyclones trailing by 10 points with 7 ½ minutes to play. Spunky play down the stretch by Dustin Hogue and Morris, among others, enabled Iowa State to advance with a 23-8 record.
Hogue rebounded a Javan Feliz miss with 5.8 seconds to play, then Iowa state called timeout, the score knotted at 67.
Hogue passed to Morris, the point guard who was snubbed on the all-conference first team. He dribbled to the corner, where he hit nothing but net at the horn.
The Cyclones went through 20 minutes of Iowa State frustration during which the Cyclones went 9:46 without a point in the first half. Texas responded with 14 consecutive points and a 29-14 lead before a short jumper by Georges Niang proved there wasn't a lid on Iowa State's basket.
The Cyclones missed 11 shots during this drought, including three-pointers by Niang, Matt Thomas and Bryce Dejean-Jones.
Often, Iowa State was able to recover from stretches like this. It looked like this wasn't going to be one of those occasions – until Morris' buzzer beater.