AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) held Maryland Eastern Shore (3-10, 0-0 MEAC) to 29.2 percent shooting and defeated the Hawks 55-49 on Wednesday night. With the victory, the Cyclones will enter Big 12 play riding a nine-game winning streak.
How it Happened
The Cyclones put the clamps on Maryland Eastern Shore early, holding the Hawks to 7-of-32 shooting (21.9 percent) from the field in the first half, including just 4-of-20 on two-point field goals. Despite a stretch during which the ISU offense struggled to find a rhythm, the Cyclones book-ended the half well. Iowa State opened the game with a 10-0 run, making its first four shots from the field, and closed the period with a 13-2 spurt to take a 34-17 lead at the break.
Nick Weiler-Babb did a little bit of everything, scoring seven points and pulling down a team-high nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes, while freshman Terrence Lewis provided a spark of the bench. The native of Milwaukee, Wis., scored seven first-half points and provided quality minutes for an Iowa State squad that had just seven available players on Wednesday night.
Iowa State continued to stretch its lead sporadically after the intermission. The Cyclones built their largest lead of the game at 49-28 behind a 9-0 run that was punctuated by a thunderous one-handed dunk from Cameron Lard. The Hawks responded with a 12-0 run of their own, cutting the Iowa State advantage to 49-40 with 6:31 to play. The ISU offense was plagued by 11 second-half turnovers to aid the UMES run.
The Hawks hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute to cut the deficit, as Iowa State held on to win, 55-49.
Players of Note
Cameron Lard was once again effective off the bench, tying a career high with 15 points, including 11 in the second half, on 7-of-11 shooting. Lards also pulled down six rebounds and had a block in the win.
Nick Weiler-Babb put together a well-rounded performance with seven points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 38 minutes. It was his second game of the season with 10+ rebounds.
Donovan Jackson joined Lard in double figures with 12 points and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers for an ISU squad that was just 4-of-17 on the night from beyond the arc. He now ranks third on ISU’s career three-point percentage chart (.434).
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State has hit a 3-pointer in 347 consecutive games.
*Cameron Lard finished with 15 points, his sixth game of the season and his career in double figures.
*Nick Weiler-Babb registered a career-high two blocks.
The Cyclones are off until Friday, Dec. 29, when they return to Hilton Coliseum to open Big 12 play against Kansas State. The game will start at 8 p.m.