PROVO — For BYU, it was another missed opportunity to beat a ranked team at the Marriott Center.
The Cougars (4-1) fell Wednesday night to No. 21 Iowa State, 90-88, at the Marriott Center.
Thursday brought some good news for BYU, however. Freshman Eric Mika, who suffered a right eye abrasion against the Cyclones, underwent scans on his eye. Those scans came back negative, and no structural damage to the eye was found.
With 3:28 remaining in the game, and the Cougars trailing, 82-77, Mika was jabbed in the eye by DeAndre Kane, who was whistled with a flagrant 2 foul and was ejected.
It has not been determined how long Mika will be sidelined, or if he will be available to play in BYU's next game.
The Cougars will have a couple of days to regroup before traveling to Kansas City to compete in the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center.
The Cougars take on another Big 12 opponent — unbeaten Texas (4-0) — Monday (5:30 p.m. MST, ESPNU). That will be followed by a matchup between No. 14 Wichita State and DePaul in the nightcap.
The losers of those two games meet Tuesday night, followed by a showdown between the two winners for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship.
Against Iowa State, the Cougars squandered a 12-point first-half advantage. BYU was led by Tyler Haws, who scored 20 points. Matt Carlino added 19 while Mika had 17.
It was Haws’ first game back after sitting on the bench for two contests due to a lower abdominal strain. He said his injury wasn’t a factor against Iowa State.
The Cyclones were led by Melvin Ejim and Kane, who scored 21 points apiece.
"We talked to our team about BYU, that it's going to be a game of runs,” said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. “They can really heat up in a hurry and they are as fast a team as anybody in the nation and they lived up to it (Wednesday). They were scoring in bunches and once that crowd gets into it, it's hard to stop them. We found those two keys, we were getting back in transition and found a way to battle them on the boards. Once we could get it off the board we could get out and run and found some baskets in transition, but they are so good, they are so well-coached, and we are happy to walk out of here with a win."
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