CONWAY, South Carolina – Iowa State (2-2, 0-0 Big 12) held off a late second half run by Tulsa (2-2, 0-0 American) to defeat the Golden Hurricane, 80-78. With the victory, the Cyclones advance to the Puerto Rico Tip Off championship game on Sunday against Boise State.
Nick Weiler-Babb was a stat stuffer for the Cyclones in the game. The redshirt junior scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also had career highs of 14 boards and eight assists. Senior Donovan Jackson tallied a game-high 24 points for Iowa State.
After a 104-point offensive effort last night, the Cyclones scored 80 on the evening. Iowa State’s scoring efforts were aided by a season-high 12 three pointers.
How it Happened
At half, Iowa State held a 39-30 advantage over the Tulsa, closing the half on a 17-5 run. The Hurricane started the game out 3-for-5 from behind the arc, but quickly cooled off, finishing the half 5-15 from deep.
The Cyclones were bolstered by Jakolby Long‘s 4-for-5 shooting from three and 15 first-half points. Weiler-Babb was a great facilitator, dishing out five assists and collecting five boards in the first stanza.
Iowa State stretched their lead to as much as 16 in the second half, but Tulsa did not go quietly. The Golden Hurricane chipped away at the ISU lead, springing a 14-0 run late in the second half which saw the Iowa State lead dwindle to just two.
With 48 seconds left in the game, Long pulled up from 18 feet and banked home his only second half points to extend the Iowa State’s lead to four. On the ensuing defensive possession, Cameron Lardswatted a Tulsa layup, solidifying an Iowa State victory.
Players of Note
Weiler-Babb played in all 40 minutes for the second-straight game. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe as he put up 20 points on the evening. He fell just short of Iowa State’s sixth-ever triple double, as he hauled in a career-high 14 boards and churned out a career-high eight assists. It was his first career double-double.
After a quiet first half, Jackson lit up the score board in the second half. He drained three 3-pointers on six attempts, made 6-7 free throws and tallied 17 second-half points for a game-high 24. It was the second time that he’s scored 20 points in a game.
Long missed his first three-point attempt of the night, but then splashed his next four attempts. He finished the night 4-6 from behind the arc for a career-high 17 points.
Iowa State will play Boise State in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19. The game is set to tip at 6:30 p.m. CT