ISU's Power keeps head up after tough loss
AMES - Don't look for Iowa State's Shane Power to be moping around campus with his shoulders hunched and head down. He won't be whining, he won't be crying.
Sure, Power and his teammates are disappointed after yet another narrow loss, this one a 79-76 setback to Texas in the regular-season finale on Saturday night.
But there's at least one more game to play, in the Big 12 tournament, and Power is ready to move ahead. The Cyclones play Missouri in a first-round game on Thursday night in Kansas City.
"You can put your head down and mope, but that's not us," Power said. "This is basketball. Things like that are going to happen."
The game was Iowa State's season boiled down to 40 minutes. The Cyclones played well against a team with superior talent, gave up the go-ahead points late and missed a shot at the buzzer.
It was the seventh loss in which Iowa State had a shot to win or tie at the end. Against Texas, Jake Sullivan missed a fadeaway 3-point shot from the right wing at the buzzer.
"You live to be in these situations, but Michael Jordan missed more game-winning shots than he made," Power said. "You love the competition and you do everything you can to win. But after the game, you don't put your head down and cry about it."
The Cyclones were ahead most of the second half and led 73-65 with 3:38 remaining. Pearson led ISU with 21 points.