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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Iowa State’s success against Top Five-ranked teams couldn’t extend against a former Big 12 Conference buddy.

Fifth-ranked Texas A&M kept the score down, played good enough defense to force the Cyclones into a halfcourt game and won, 72-62, Saturday afternoon in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at Reed Arena.

Iowa State, ranked 14th, came into this game with victories against three teams currently among the Top Five — No. 1 Oklahoma, fourth-ranked Kansas, and No. 3 Iowa.

The 16-5 Cyclones return to conference action at home Tuesday against West Virginia.

Georges Niang led Iowa State with 15 points before fouling out with 1:39 to play, the Aggies leading 65-60 in a game that was tied at the break.

Deonte Burton dunked a Monte Morris miss at the halftime horn, and suddenly it was 30-all.

The score was close throughout the first 20 minutes — neither team led by more than six points. There were seven lead changes, six ties and shabby 3-point shooting.

Iowa State missed eight of the 12 3-pointers it hoisted in the first half, while Texas A&M missed 13 of its first 14.

The Cyclones led 34-26 within a minute of the second half, then two minutes later, Niang got his third foul. He briefly left the game, but his teammates needed whatever offense he could provide in this low-scoring game.

He got his fourth foul, an offensive, with 11:43 left, A&M leading 48-44, and he went to the bench again.

Jameel McKay took his place, and the response was a 7-0 Iowa State run and 51-48 lead with 10:09 to play.

Niang played the final six minutes with a left ankle that he twisted after collecting his fourth foul.