AMES, Iowa — Auburn flunked its first real test of the season.
Chris Denson scored 27 points, but the Tigers struggled to contain No. 17 Iowa State in a 99-70 loss on Monday night.
“We weren’t very disciplined on the defensive end,” Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. “We’ve got to start making shots when we get open looks.”
KT Harrell had 19 points for the Tigers (4-2), who shot 35.5 percent from the field and were outrebounded 47-36.
Auburn (4-2) trailed by as many as 35 in the program’s first non-conference road game against a ranked opponent since the 1985-86 season.
Dustin Hogue set career highs with 22 points and 16 rebounds for Iowa State (6-0), which is the Big 12’s last unbeaten team. Melvin Ejim added 14 points and 10 boards for his 23rd career double-double.
Iowa State used a 27-5 run midway through the first half to build a 15-point lead and cruised to its fourth win by at least 29 points.
Auburn had just seven assists on 22 field goals while Iowa State had 28 on 33 made baskets. The Tigers also had 14 turnovers and got just a dozen points from their reserves.
“They made the extra passes and had two or three guys open on the perimeter,” Barbee said. “They find these kinds of shots and they are great at knocking those shots down.”
Auburn won four of its first five games, a stretch that included a 19-point loss to Northwestern State.
But this was the first time the Tigers played a high-major opponent — and they soon realized they were taking on a different level.
West Virginia 96, Loyola 47: MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Remi Dibo had a career-high 19 points and four of his teammates chipped in with double figures as West Virginia ripped Loyola (Md.) 96-47 Monday night.
Dibo canned 6 of 8 baskets, including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point line, as the Mountaineers (6-2) had their highest spread (49 points) over an opponent this season.
Dylon Cormier, the nation’s second-leading scorer (28.4 points per game) coming in, was the only Greyhound (4-2) in double figures (11).
Meanwhile, Dibo got able backup from teammates Terry Henderson (16), Eron Harris (14), Kevin Noreen (13) and Nathan Adrian (11). Adrian, a freshman, tied his career best.
The Mountaineers’ Juwan Staten, who was averaging 18.2 points per game prior to the tip, scored only four points, but the 6-foot-2 guard cleared a game-high 10 rebounds, his career best. He also dished out seven assists.
WVU walloped Loyola on the boards, bringing down 62 rebounds to just 22 for the visitors, including 29 offensive boards to the Greyhounds’ seven, their best rebounding performance so far this season.
WVU turned those rebounds into 42 points against just 9 for Loyola.
West Virginia connected on 32 of 74 shots (43.2 percent), but knocked down 13 of 22 buckets (59.1 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Loyola mustered just 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field and 23.5 percent (4-of-17) outside the arc.
Texas 70, Vanderbilt 64: AUSTIN, Texas — Isaiah Taylor had 14 points and eight assists and Texas won its first game against a power conference team this season in a 70-64 victory over Vanderbilt on Monday.
Demarcus Holland and Javan Felix each scored 12 points for Texas (7-1). Felix went 2 of 3 from beyond the arc and Kendal Yancy contributed 11 points and six rebounds.
The Longhorns led by as many as 13 points in the second half and were able to hold off Vanderbilt (4-3), which trimmed the Longhorns lead to one point in the final minute after an Eric McClellan steal and dunk.
Felix sunk a pair of key free throws to make it 65-62 before Holland’s three-point play with 12.6 seconds left sealed the win.
Austin native McClellan scored a team-high 22 points for Vanderbilt while John Henderson scored 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting and Rod Odom had 11 points.
Texas needed second-half comebacks in four of its previous six wins this year but started the game on an 8-2 run and never looked back. The Longhorns led for the final 39 minutes of the game, using a 16-3 run to take a 31-25 halftime lead.
Vanderbilt trimmed Texas’ lead to three points when Henderson knocked down a jumper to make it 57-54 with 2:30 left to play.
Then, Taylor helped the Longhorns take control of the game down the stretch. He completed a three-point play and hit a floater following a steal by Holland all in less than 30 seconds to give Texas a 62-54 lead with 1:47 to go.
The Longhorns initially struggled from the free throw line, making just 10 of 16 attempts before knocking down five straight in the final 24 seconds.
Texas, whose victory Monday came in the first-ever Big 12-SEC challenge, has now won 46 consecutive home games against unranked non-conference opponents. The Longhorns have also won seven of their first eight games for the first time in three years.
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