AUSTIN, Texas — Texas forward Mohamed Bamba scored a career-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and made Iowa State “pay for it” as Texas rolled to a 73-57 win Monday night in Big 12 Conference play at the Frank Erwin Center.
Texas (13-7, 4-4 Big 12) was coming off an 86-51 loss at the hands of No. 7 West Virginia on Saturday.
“There was so much to build on from that,” Bamba said. “It was a quick turnaround and we kind of had to go into self-relection mode and just build off of what we could have done better. Our motto coming into this was ‘someone has to pay for it.’ Unforatunely for Iowa State, it was them. The league is very competitive and you don’t want to go on a losing steak.”
Texas Coach Shaka Smart was pleased with the response from his team.
“We have a principle called ‘we fail forward,’ so if we lose a game or go through some type of failure, we want to go forward.
“Our mindset should be that the next opponent has got to pay.”
Bamba, a 6-foot-11 freshman from Harlem, N.Y., also had three blocked shots and two steals.
“I don’t know how many blocks he had, but he was a big presence today,” ISU Coach Steve Prohm said. “I think their length and size bothered us a lot tonight.”
Iowa State (11-8, 2-6) couldn’t build on its Saturday win over then-No. 8 Texas Tech, 70-52. The Cyclones fell to 0-4 on the road in the Big 12, and 0-5 on the road overall.
“We can’t give up 40 points in the half on the road,” Prohm said. “We just didn’t have a rhythm and a pace offensively.”
Iowa State stumbled coming out of the gate, falling behind 20-9 midway through the first half.
Texas got up by as much as a 15 points before settling for a 38-29 advantage at halftime.
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The Cyclones cut the lead to 49-43 on a 3-pointer by Nick Weiler-Babb with 12:56 to play but Texas answered by scoring the next seven points on a dunk by Kerwin Roach II, a 3-pointer by Bamba and a bucket by Eric Davis Jr.
And when Iowa State needed a comeback, there wasn’t much to be found. The Cyclones didn’t score a point in the final 4:10.
“I think we just got to get — myself and other guys — we just have to get something on the board,” Weiler-Babb said. “We forced a lot in the last four minutes tonight, and I think that’s a lot of what is happening.”
In addition to the big game from Bamba, Roach II had a career-high 22 points for Texas.
Weiler-Babb and Lindell Wigginton scored 15 points each to lead Iowa State.
Iowa State hosts Tennessee on Saturday, part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge.