MAUI, Hawaii – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (4-1, 0-0 Big 12) took care of business on day two in Maui, defeating Illinois (1-3, 0-0 Big 10) 84-68. The Cyclones advance to the fifth-place game at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker was outstanding. He scored 26 points in 35 minutes. He also brought down 14 rebounds for his first career double-double and dished out six assists.
How It Happened
At the half, Iowa State trailed Illinois by a score of 39-34. The difference in the first-half score was behind the arc. The Cyclones only connected on 3-13 attempts from downtown while the Illini splashed 7-13 attempts.
While ISU struggled to find its rhythm offensively, Michael Jacobson kept the Iowa State scoring going. He was a perfect 4-4 from the field in the first half, including 1-1 from deep for 10 first-half points.
The Cyclones started the second half on an 18-2 run, jumping out to a 52-43 lead despite Marial Shayok picking up his fourth foul. During that stretch, Iowa State was 6-10 from the field, including 2-3 from deep. The ISU defense ousted the Illinois offensive attack, holding them to just 2-13 shooting to begin the half.
Iowa State continued to build on its second-half lead with efficient offense and stifling defense. In the second half, Illinois shot just 11-34 from the field including 5-20 from downtown. The Cyclones were disciplined and only sent the Illini to the line once in the second half.
The Cyclones shook some of the offensive woes they saw in the first half. The Cardinal and Gold shot a blistering 16-28 (57.1%) from the field in the second half and made 5-10 threes. They were also great from the charity stripe, cashing in on 13-15 attempts.
Players of Note
While Iowa State struggled in the first half to find an offensive rhythm, Michael Jacobson kept the Cyclones in the game. He finished with a career-high 23 points that included an 8-10 night from the free throw line. He also brought down eight rebounds.
Talen Horton-Tucker was Iowa State’s spark plug in the blowout victory over Illinois, earning his first double-double performance. Horton-Tucker poured in 8-14 attempts from the field for 26 points. It was a stat-stuffing outing for the freshman as he hauled in 14 boards, tallied six assists and blocked three shots.
Marial Shayok played in limited minutes for Iowa State due to foul trouble but made the most of his time on the court. He poured in 17 points that included a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. He also accounted for seven Cyclone rebounds.
*ISU trailed at halftime for the first time this season.
*ISU’s seven-point deficit early in the second half was its largest of the season.
*Talen Horton-Tucker fifth freshman in ISU history to have multiple games of 26 or more points (Lindell Wigginton, Marcus Fizer, Curtis Stinson, Barry Stevens).
Iowa State has earned a spot in the fifth-place game Wednesday afternoon. The Cyclones will take on San Diego State at 1:30 p.m.