AMES — Iowa State is playing defense better than it has in years.
The Cyclones' offense has been uncharacteristically sluggish at times though, putting their school-record streak in the Top 25 in jeopardy.
Jacob Evans III made two free throws with 20 seconds left in overtime and Cincinnati upset No. 19 Iowa State 55-54 on Thursday night, the Cyclones' second straight loss.
Kyle Washington had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Evans had 11 points for the Bearcats (6-1), who also snapped Iowa State's 37-game non-conference home winning streak.
Cincinnati outrebounded the smaller Cyclones 46-34. It shot just 3 of 21 from 3-point range and 35.5 percent overall, but its defense stifled Iowa State — which just 11 days ago scored a program-best 130 points.
"To win it when you go 3 for 21 from 3, on the road against a great team like that, and they still win the game? It says a lot about the character of our team," Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin said.
Gary Clark and Kevin Johnson also scored 11 points each for the Bearcats.
Monte Morris had 15 points for the Cyclones (5-2) and Matt Thomas scored 13.
Iowa State's Naz Mitrou-Long, who has hit a number of game-winning 3s in his career, had one rim out at the regulation buzzer. He did not score.
"I thought they really competed. Showed a lot of toughness, a lot of grit," Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm said. "They were going to try to control the tempo. The biggest key is just we weren't able to get enough good, quality shots on the offensive end. That's something I've got to look at and do better with."
The Cyclones have dropped their last two by a total of three points after a 5-0 start. But Iowa State had its worst offensive output since 2013 on Thursday, scoring its fewest points in an overtime game in 11 years.
"They were just tougher than us," said Darrell Bowie, who had 11 points with seven rebounds for Iowa State.