Men's Hoops Hands Iowa State First Loss, 85-74
By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Devin Smith scored 25 points, including thego-ahead 3-pointer with 3:43 to play Wednesday night, and Virginia rallied tohand Iowa State its first loss, 85-74.
The Cavaliers (9-1) trailed for much of the second half against the bigger,more physical Cyclones (7-1), but used a 19-5 run to take control after fallingbehind by seven with just over nine minutes remaining.
The run started when Virginia held the Cyclones scoreless for 2:18 and puttogether a 12-4 run to take the lead at 69-68 with 4:52 left. Derrick Byarscapped the burst with a 3-pointer and two free throws.
After Curtis Stinson made one of two free throws for Iowa State, Smith hit a3-pointer, Byars scored on a dunk after a steal by Gary Forbes and Smith madeanother steal and two free throws, boosting the lead to 76-69.
The Cyclones, who started the night as one of 12 unbeaten teams in DivisionI under first-year coach Wayne Morgan, lost despite outrebounding the Cavaliers40-23. Iowa State had 23 turnovers, while Virginia had 15 steals and just fivegiveaways.
Byars had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, making him theonly Virginia player with more than five. Dante Minter scored 11.
Jared Homan led Iowa State with 19 points and nine rebounds, Jake Sullivanadded 16 points and Stinson had 14 along with eight rebounds.
The Cyclones appeared to be wearing Virginia down in the second half,outscoring them 15-7 over more than seven minutes to lead 64-57. More than nineminutes remained, but Virginia coach Pete Gillen called a timeout, theCavaliers began their rally and the Cyclones couldn’t stop them.
The first half was close throughout, with Iowa State leading 8-2 after 2?minutes and Virginia in front by no more than five. The Cavaliers had justthree turnovers and forced 10 to counter the Cyclones’ 19-7 reboundingadvantage and 62 percent to 55 percent shooting edge.