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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Zhaire Smith got the steal and then was on the finishing end of an alley-oop dunk for No. 7 Texas Tech.

That highlight play by the freshman guard, part of his career-high 21 points, put an end to a quick Iowa State run, and the Red Raiders went on to a 76-58 victory Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

“We’re going to try to keep this thing rolling,” coach Chris Beard said. “It’s a special time of the year for college basketball when you’re relative. We’ve worked really hard in our second year here, and I think we’re relative in the month of February.”

Texas Tech (20-4, 8-3 Big 12) is the first Big 12 team to reach 20 wins overall and is tied with No. 10 Kansas (19-5, 8-3) atop the conference standings.

The Cyclones (12-11, 3-8) had just scored seven straight points in a 77-second span after halftime to get within one. Smith then knocked the ball away from Lindell Wigginton and passed it on the break to fellow freshman Jarrett Culver, who then lobbed the alley-oop pass.

“He jumps out of the gym, so I know if I just throw it up, he’s going to probably dunk it,” Culver said. “His big dunk gave us momentum, and made us be aggressive on defense and gave us energy.”

Keenan Evans then added another two-handed dunk for the Red Raiders.

“We just feed off each other,” Culver said.

Culver added 16 points for the Red Raiders, whose last loss was 70-52 at Iowa State on Jan. 20. Evans scored 15.

Cameron Lard had a career-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting for short-handed Iowa State. He played only 20 minutes before fouling out. Wigginton scored 13.

“We do have moments. It’s trying to figure out how to get consistency,” coach Steve Prohm said. “And seven or eight guys, that may play a part.”

Iowa State also faces Top 25 opponents in its next two games, Saturday against No. 17 Oklahoma and next Tuesday night against No. 10 Kansas.

Texas Tech 76, Iowa St. 58

IOWA ST. (12-11) — Talley 3-15 0-0 6, Lard 10-11 2-2 22, Young 2-6 4-4 8, Jackson 2-11 0-1 6, Wigginton 4-9 4-10 13, Beverly 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Long 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 10-17 58.

TEXAS TECH (20-4) — Gray 3-6 0-0 6, Odiase 1-1 0-0 2, Evans 6-16 3-4 15, Culver 5-8 6-7 16, Zh. Smith 7-8 6-6 21, Ondigo 0-1 0-0 0, Hamilton 1-6 0-0 2, Moretti 0-1 0-0 0, Stevenson 4-7 1-1 9, Francis 2-4 0-1 5, Webster 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 16-19 76.

Halftime—Texas Tech 39-32. 3-point goals—Iowa St. 4-14 (Jackson 2-6, Beverly 1-2, Wigginton 1-3, Long 0-1, Talley 0-2), Texas Tech 2-11 (Zh. Smith 1-1, Francis 1-2, Culver 0-2, Hamilton 0-2, Evans 0-4). Fouled out—Lard. Rebounds—Iowa St. 34 (Young 9), Texas Tech 29 (Zh. Smith 8). Assists—Iowa St. 8 (Wigginton 5), Texas Tech 15 (Evans 4). Total fouls—Iowa St. 24, Texas Tech 16.

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