Makeshift Cyclones thrash Mizzou
A very shorthanded Iowa State team put on an impressive display Friday night in dispatching visiting SEC foe Missouri, 76-59, in front of a packed house at Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones routed the Tigers without four significant players, signaling a lot of reason for optimism for if and when ISU is able to play with a full squad this season. Sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton was ruled out indefinitely with a sprained foot before the game, joining Cameron Lard (suspension), Zoran Talley (suspension) and Solomon Young (surgery) on the I-State sidelines.
But it didn't matter as Iowa State improved to 2-0 on the young season. It will host Texas Southern on Monday.
A year ago, an underprepared and rebuilding ISU walked into an ambush at Mizzou Arena and lost by 15 (74-59). The Cyclones returned the beating, with a little interest, in the Tigers' return visit to Ames. For its part, Missouri was missing its expected top player this season - Jontay Porter - due to injury.
Iowa State went on a 12-2 run to end the first half and extended it to a 20-4 surge in the opening minutes of the second half to take control of Friday night's tussle with a familiar former conference rival.
Both teams struggled offensively early; Iowa State couldn't make shots and Mizzou couldn't stop turning it over. It was 17-14 MU at the under eight media timeout of the first half. The Cyclones eventually found their range but the Tigers never found their handle.
Missouri's last lead of the game was 23-22 with just over four minutes to go in the first half. It was tied at 25 before the Cyclones scored the last nine points of the first half. A Zion Griffin bucket put ISU on top 29-25 and Nick Weiler-Babb followed with a driving hoop to make it 31-25. Michael Jacobson closed the first half scoring by burying a three-pointer with 26 seconds to go before intermission. I-State led, 34-25, at the break.
A field goal from Marial Shayok and two free throws from Talen Horton-Tucker accounted for the first four points of the second half and Iowa State led, 38-25. Shayok's three-pointer at the 17:02 mark made it 41-27 and a Horton-Tucker free throw moments later put ISU up by 15 at 42-27. THT's three-pointer with 15:27 to go made it 45-30.
Shayok made two free throws with 14:48 left in the game to make it 47-30. A Jacobson bucket extended ISU's lead to 18 points at 61-43 with 7:49 to go. Jacobson made a free throw at the 6:20 mark to give the Cyclones their first 20-point lead of the night, 68-48. A a Weiler-Babb layup with 4:52 to play in the game extended the I-State lead to 21 points, 70-49, its biggest edge of the night.
Shayok led four Iowa State scorers in double figures with 20 points. Weiler-Babb scored 16, Jacobson 15 and Horton-Tucker 12. Mark Smith was Missouri's leading scorer with 15 points.
Iowa State shot 43.1 percent from the field in the game (22-51), including 8-of-25 from three-point range. Missouri shot 43.2 percent (19-44), including 9-of-26 from three-point range. After making just 4-of-9 free throws in the first half, the Cyclones hit 20-of-26 in the second half to finish 24-of-35 on the night (68.6%).
Weiler-Babb led ISU with six assists and Tyrese Haliburton recorded a team-high four steals. Mizzou ended with 25 turnovers on the evening, leading to 25 Cyclone points off those miscues.
Jacobson collected six rebounds for Iowa State, but the Cyclones finished -9 on the boards.