Overtime hasn’t been fruitful to the Texas Longhorns thus far this season, but on the first day of 2018, those fortunes changed for the better.
After opening conference play with a close loss to Kansas on Friday, the Longhorns marched into Ames on Monday and escaped with a 74-70 overtime win over Iowa State.
Much of the ‘Horns success can be credited to Dylan Osetkowski, who put forth a career performance. After turnovers hindered Texas early, it was Osetkowski who shouldered the offensive load, scoring 14 of the Longhorns first 20 points after connecting on each of his first four three-pointers.
Courtesy of that success from the perimeter, as Mohamed Bamba, Kerwin Roach II and Andrew Jones each added a three-pointer of their own, the Longhorns entered intermission all locked up with Iowa State after Donovan Jackson poured on 13 first half points.
Coming out of the break, though, Texas was flat.
After Texas answered a 6-0 Iowa State run throughout the first five minutes of the half, the Cyclones earned their largest lead of the game by pushing the cushion to 49-41.
Then Eric Davis Jr. arrived.
After remaining scoreless in the first half, Davis began to attack the basket with success possession after possession, and after adding his own perimeter connection, Davis had quickly contributed 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. With those efforts, which includes Davis recapturing the lead with a three with 2:01 to play, the junior helped Texas climb back into a game that appeared could be slipping away on the road before calmly passing the torch to Matt Coleman down the stretch.
Trailing 61-59 with just under a minute to play, Coleman took control, converting a layup to tie the game with just 34.6 remaining. That same score would hold true throughout the remainder of regulation, and as the overtime period got underway, Coleman picked up where he left off.
Pitted against his former Oak Hill Academy teammate, fellow freshman Lindell Wiggington, Coleman scored the first points of overtime with a quick layup.
Minutes later, after a paid of Osetkowski free throws gave Texas a 65-67 edge, Coleman found the scoreboard once again with a flashy reverse layup, building the ‘Horns lead to 67-63. Four unanswered points from Iowa State tied the game, once again, before Osetkowski nailed what was essentially a game-winning three-pointer with just 33.5 seconds remaining.
As missed shots then placed Iowa State in must-foul mode, Coleman calmly composed himself at the charity stripe, knocking down four straight attempts to cap off a 74-70 overtime victory for the ‘Horns.
More than a third of those points came by way of a career-best 25 points from Osetkowski. Coleman came just short of a double-double with 12 points and nine assists, while Bamba joined Osetkowski, Coleman and Davis (15) in double figures with a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds, along with four blocks.
Meanwhile, the majority of Iowa State's productivity came by way of just Jackson and freshman forward Cameron Lard, as the two combined for 45 points, which wasn't enough to earn the Cyclones their first Big 12 win of the season.
Texas, however, now has its first Big 12 win of the year and its 10th overall, which is a marked improvement over last season, in which the ‘Horns didn’t steal win No. 10 until Feb. 7, which also came against Iowa State.
Now 10-4 overall, the ‘Horns will be back in action on the road on Saturday against Baylor.