AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team defeated Texas Southern, 85-73, on Monday night at Hilton Coliseum behind a combined 52 points from Marial Shayok and Talen Horton-Tucker. Each poured in 26, setting new career-highs, to push the Cyclones to 3-0 on the season, while TSU fell to 1-2.
Michael Jacobson followed with 16 points and eight boards, while Nick Weiler-Babb continued stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Iowa State’s starting lineup accounted for 84 of the team’s 85 points on the night.
How It Happened
The duo of Horton-Tucker and Shayok fueled the Iowa State offense from the outset, combining to score 31 points while the Cyclones jumped out to a 48-35 halftime advantage. Horton-Tucker’s jumper was deadly, with the freshman connecting on 5-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc, totaling 16 first-half points.
Iowa State connected on 17-of-29 attempts (58.6 percent) from the field in the first half, including 11-of-16 from two-point range. An 8-0 Cyclone run midway through the period, highlighted by a Nick Weiler-Babbtransition triple, gave ISU a 32-19 advantage with 6:32 remaining. Weiler-Babb totaled six points, eight rebounds and four assists in the first stanza.
The Cyclones knocked down four of their first five field goal attempts after the break before an extended drought that allowed TSU to hang around. Following a Horton-Tucker lay-in to put ISU ahead by 18 with 17:02 to play, the Cyclones went nearly nine minutes without of a made field goal, missing 11 consecutive shots. The Tigers cut Iowa State’s lead down to 66-56 with 8:29 remaining before Shayok helped right the ship, scoring eight points over the next five minutes as Iowa State put the game out of reach down the stretch.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok’s 26 points were a new career high for the senior, who also pulled down five boards and had a pair of blocks.
Talen Horton-Tucker put on a shooting display in the first half, and was equally effective going to the basket in the second, matching Shayok’s 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field.
Nick Weiler-Babb put up a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double, to go with five assists on the night.
Iowa State is bound for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Maui, Hawai’I, which will be played Nov. 19-21. The Cyclones open the tournament vs. Arizona on Monday at 8 p.m.