Men's basketball falls to Iowa St.Jan. 26, 2001
Cyclones bomb away, run home win streak to 31
By ROB SINCLAIR
The Baylor men's basketball team was no match for No. 17-ranked Iowa State University Thursday night, losing by a final of 72-51 in Ames.
With the win, Iowa State moved to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12 Conference, while Baylor fell to 13-4 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Iowa State also extended its home winning streak to a school-record 31 games.
Bears head Coach Dave Bliss warned before the game that the Cyclone outside shooters were some of the best in the conference, and his anxiety was well-founded.
Iowa State hit on just 23-59 shots overall [39 percent], but went 11-24 [46 percent] from three-point land. Baylor was just 3-15 [20 percent] from deep.
'They're a fine basketball team,' Bliss said.
'If they continue to knock down threes like they have all season they're going to have 20-point wins at home.'
One of the main culprits for the Cyclones was guard Kantrail Horton, who connected on 4-8 threes and finished with 14 points.
'I've been practicing,' Horton said. 'I'm shooting the ball really we right now.'
Fellow guard Jake Sullivan matched Horton shot-for-shot, also going 4-8 from behind the arc and matching his season-high with 19 points. Rounding out a very balanced ISU attack was forward Paul Shirley's 12 rebounds and guard Jamaal Tinsley's eight assists.
Although Tinsley only chipped in seven points, Bliss said he still played a big role in the outcome.
'He had a quiet game but he's the straw that stirs the drink,' Bliss said.
Forward Terry Black paced Baylor with 17 points, six assists and four steals, while guard DeMarcus Minor contributed 13 points and nine rebounds.
Baylor hung with Iowa State early on, but a seven-and-a-half minute scoreless streak that featured five turnovers did the Bears in.
The Cyclones had built a 10-point lead before Baylor scored again, then promptly went on a 10-0 run and led 41-24 at halftime.
'We missed some shots,' Bliss said. 'We had good looks early but we missed plays inside.'
The Bears did not help themselves by turning the ball over 20 times, and also lost the rebounding battle 43-29.
'Shirley had 12 rebounds and nine of them were offensive,' Bliss said. 'They had 19 offensive rebounds total.
They just kept getting in the hole.'
Any hopes Baylor had of a comeback were squashed after the intermission, as Iowa State opened the second half on a 13-3 run.