Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg tried unsuccessfully to find some energy from his bench Saturday.
He got some down the stretch, but not enough to bring a win to his No. 9 Cyclones, who fell 78-73 to Texas Tech.
Hoiberg lauded the Red Raiders' play and grit that brought them their first Big 12 win.
"They came out, they punched us, they kicked us, they uppercutted us, they did everything possible to go out and get off to a start and we didn't," Hoiberg said. "They came out with a better mentality in this game than we did."
Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17 to lead Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders (11-9, 1-6) led most of the way and were up 74-68 when Iowa State's Georges Niang tossed in a desperation three-pointer from the corner with 43 seconds remaining.
The Red Raiders were looking for a little intervention or redemption Saturday, having started Big 12 play without a win through six games. It was the first 0-6 start in conference for a Tubby Smith-coached team in his 24 seasons as a head coach.
"I hope they understand that we've got to play a certain way in order to be competitive," Smith, the head man at Kentucky from 1997-2007, told ESPN after the game. "We had a great crowd today. I think our fans appreciate how hard our kids play.
"It's a culture that you have to develop, that the game is played on the court, not anywhere else. I'm really proud of these kids, how we stuck in there. Certainly Iowa State's a heck of a team."
No. 3 Gonzaga 91, Pacific 60: Kyle Wiltjer, a Kentucky transfer, had six points, four assists and three rebounds for the Bulldogs (20-1, 9-0 West Coast).
No. 6 Wisconsin 69, Michigan 64 (OT): Frank Kaminsky scored eight of his 22 points in overtime for the Badgers (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten).
Derrick Walton's three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 57, but the Badgers never trailed in the extra session.
No. 11 Kansas 75, No. 17 Texas 62: Cliff Alexander had 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead the Jayhawks (16-3, 5-1 Big 12).
Isaiah Taylor scored 23 for the Longhorns (14-5, 3-3), his most productive outing for Texas since returning from a broken wrist.
No. 15 North Carolina 78, Florida State 74: Brice Johnson had 18 points and 14 rebounds while Marcus Paige added 19 points, three assists and two steals for the Tar Heels (16-4, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Mississippi 72, Florida 71: Faced with a chance to lead the Rebels to a thrilling last-minute victory, Jarvis Summers didn't just come through once, but twice.
The Ole Miss guard hit an 18-foot jumper and two free throws in the final 30 seconds to push Mississippi past the Gators.
Florida lost its third straight despite shooting 12-for-20 from three-point range.
Texas A&M 67, Tennessee 61: Jalen Jones scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Aggies outlasted the Volunteers for their fourth consecutive victory, giving the A&M its longest conference winning streak since coming to the SEC from the Big 12 in 2012.
"I'm proud of our guys," Aggies Coach Billy Kennedy said. "They came in here with a lot of confidence and executed the game plan against a very good Tennessee team."
Tennessee lost for just the second time in its last 10 games.
Arkansas 61, Missouri 60: Alandise Harris scored 14 points while Bobby Portis added 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Razorbacks.
Missouri had a chance to take the lead with 3.3 seconds remaining with Wes Clark at the free throw line, but both of the sophomore guard's attempts rattled off the rim and missed.
Western Kentucky 83, Texas-San Antonio 74: George Fant scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds, and the Hilltoppers held on to remain unbeaten in Conference USA.
The Hilltoppers (14-5, 7-0) didn't score a field goal in the final four minutes but went 14-for-17 from the line down the stretch to stay ahead.
Chris Harrison-Docks led the Hilltoppers with 20 points, and Trency Jackson and T.J. Price added 13 points each. Ben Lawson finished with six blocks.
Morehead State 66, Jacksonville State 63: Corban Collins scored 16 points, including two free throws with 20 seconds left, to lead the visiting Eagles.
Morehead (9-13, 4-3 Ohio Valley) raced to a 13-4 lead after Angelo Warner's three-pointer just 6½ minutes in, and the Eagles led 38-30 at intermission.
Jacksonville State (9-13, 2-6) trailed by 11 with 9:19 left, but used a 16-7 run, capped by Malcolm Drumwright's jumper — to cut it to two with 1:03 left.
Drumwright made a steal and layup to tie it at 62 with 39 seconds left, then Collins put Morehead back up with two free throws.
Murray State 60, SIU-Edwardsville 54: Cameron Payne scored 22 points, including four of six three-pointers, in the visiting Racers' 15th straight win.
Jarvis Williams scored 13 points with 13 rebounds, Jonathan Fairell had 14 boards, and Payne had six assists for the Racers (17-4, 7-0), the only undefeated OVC team.
Northern Kentucky 81, Jacksonville 59: Tayler Persons scored 18 points and Jalen Billups 17 in the Norse's victory at Highland Heights. Chad Jackson (Rose Hill/Scott County) added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists for NKU (9-11, 3-2 Atlantic Sun), which matched its win total from all of last season.
Transylvania 71, Rose-Hulman 60: Parker Stansberry (Dixie Heights) didn't shoot well from the floor — 7-for-19 — but led the host Pioneers with a nice all-around performance: 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals.
Alex Jones (St. Xavier) had 15 points, five steals and four assists for Transy (8-9, 5-5 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), which has won four of its last five.
Georgetown 72, St. Catharine 55: Freshman Darion Burns scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Tigers (18-4, 7-2 Mid-South Conference) at home. Burns, who played at Fleming County, was nearly perfect on the afternoon in going 8-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Pikeville 107, Life 85: K.K. Simmons tallied a career-best 43 points for the host Bears (20-1, 7-1 MSC). He went 15-for-21, including 8-for-12 from behind the arc. It was the third time this season Simmons made eight three-pointers in a game.
Shawnee State 63, Campbellsville 61: The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division I, dropped their second straight.
Eric Gaines finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds for visiting Campbellsville (19-3, 6-3 MSC), which fell at Georgetown on Thursday.
Tuskegee 49, Kentucky State 48: Markus Montague scored a game-high 14 and had two blocks, but the host Thorobreds (4-11, 3-6 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) dropped their third straight game.
Georgia State 75, Louisiana-Lafayette 64: Ryan Harrow led the Panthers (13-7, 6-3 Sun Belt Conference) with 19 points. The Kentucky transfer also had five rebounds and three steals.
Kevin Ware, who transferred from Louisville, had 11 points, two steals and a block off the bench for Georgia State.
Samford 78, Western Carolina 72: Darius Jones-Gibson scored, a former standout at Tates Creek, led the host Bulldogs (9-14, 2-8 Southern Conference) with 19 points and four steals.
Christen Cunningham, a freshman out of Cordia, added 13.
William & Mary 78, Northeastern 62: Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County) posted team highs of 19 points and three blocks for the Tribe (12-7, 6-2 Colonial Athletic Association). He also had five rebounds and three steals.
Evansville 75, Southern Illinois 66: Adam Wing (Rowan County) had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench for the Purple Aces (15-5, 5-3 Missouri Valley Conference).
Texas-San Antonio 64, No. 24 Western Kentucky 63: Akunna Elonu made a pair free throws with three seconds left to cap UTSA's come-from-behind upset and snap the Hilltoppers' 14-game winning streak.
Alexis Govan made a pair of free throws to give WKU a 63-62 lead with seven seconds left. UTSA's Mannasha Bell then drove to the right baseline and was hurt while drawing the foul from Ileana Johnson, leaving the game-winning free throws to Elonu.
Western Kentucky (17-3, 6-1 Conference USA) answered with a jumper, but it was ruled late after an officials review to seal it for UTSA (9-10, 4-3).
Eastern Kentucky 97, Tennessee Tech 93 (2OT): Michaela Hunter had a career-high 40 points, five rebounds and four assists for the visiting Colonels (8-9, 3-4 OVC).
Hunter, a sophomore from Rockcastle County, went 15-for-29 from the field (5-for-9 from three) and 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Jacksonville State 72, Morehead State 64: Almesha Jones had 23 points, five assists and four steals for the Eagles (8-12, 4-2 OVC).
Jones became Morehead's all-time assists leader with 502, surpassing Irene Strong's mark of 499 set during the 1981-82 season.
Northern Kentucky 70, Jacksonville 59: Christine Roush's game-high 22 points lifted the Norse (12-8, 3-2 A-Sun), who bounced back after falling 81-79 at North Florida on Thursday. Roush, who played at Mercy Academy in Louisville, is averaging a team-best 13.1 points this season.
SIU-Edwardsville 78, Murray State 52: Jashae Lee had 11 points in 16 minutes to lead the Racers (5-15, 0-7 OVC), who were outclassed by the host Cougars (11-9, 7-1).
Transylvania 67, Rose-Hulman 66: Katelyn Smith knocked in two free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining to keep the Pioneers undefeated in HCAC play (16-1, 10-0). Nicole Coffman (Casey County) led Transy with 25 points while Smith (Perry Central) finished with 19.
Georgetown 73, St. Catharine 69: Jessica Foster scored a career-high 26 to give the host Tigers (11-7, 2-5 MSC) their first league win since Nov. 22.
The Patriots (8-12, 1-6) entered the game with a three-game win streak. Georgetown had lost three straight.
Campbellsville 59, Shawnee State 55: Emily Fox scored all of her 14 points in the second half to help the third-ranked Tigers (20-1, 6-1 MSC) rally from a 14-point deficit with 10 minutes left to play.
Thomas More 109, Waynesburg 75: Sydney Moss (Boone County) had 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 22 minutes for the Saints (16-0, 9-0) in the rout.
Kentucky State 83, Tuskegee 52: Shaia Horton scored 25 and went 7-for-16 from behind the three-point line in 23 minutes for the Thorobreds (10-4, 6-2 SIAC), who have won four of their last five.
West Virginia Tech 73, Cumberlands 63: Heather Jolley (Pendleton County) had 17 points in the loss for the Patriots (11-9).