OXFORD, Miss. – No. 24 Iowa State (15-5, 4-3 Big 12) shot a blistering 69.1 percent from the field to take down No. 20 Ole Miss (14-5, 4-2 SEC), 87-73, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth-best single-game field goal percentage in school history.
Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker was phenomenal, leading the way with a game-high 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with eight rebounds and five assists. He was joined in double-figures by Lindell Wigginton (18) and Marial Shayok (17).
How It Happened
The Cyclones were rolling offensively in the early going, shooting a scorching 62.1 percent from the field in the first period en route to a 43-38 halftime lead. An early 9-0 Iowa State run sparked by Horton-Tucker allowed the visitors to take control early on. Horton-Tucker scored nine of ISU’s first 17 points, and totaled 15 in the first half
A Nick Weiler-Babb jumper in the lane gave ISU its largest lead of the half at 25-13 with 8:55 remaining, as Ole Miss made just four of its first 22 field goal attempts. The Rebels responded with a 6-0 run, and would make three 3-pointers in the final 3:31 to cut Iowa State’s advantage to five at the intermission.
Tyrese Haliburton did not score, or even attempt a field goal in the first 20 minutes of action, but had tallied a game-high six assists and just one turnover at halftime.
Iowa State’s surgical offensive execution not only continued, it improved in the second half. After missing their first shot of the period, the Cyclones connected on 13 consecutive field goal attempts. A 10-2 run early in the half, capped by a Haliburton dunk in transition, helped Iowa State extend its lead back to double digits.
The blistering pace continued, as a Horton-Tucker basket in the lane, ISU’s 13th consecutive made field goal, extended the Cyclone lead to 71-55. Wigginton was spectacular in helping the Cyclones pull away, putting up 10 of his 18 points in the second half off the bench. Cameron Lard added eight points, making all four of his field goal attempts, with three blocked shots in 16 minutes of action.
Iowa State shot 76.9 percent from the field in the second half to secure their first win in the Big 12/SEC Challenge since 2013.
Players of Note
Talen Horton-Tucker had one of his best games as a Cyclone, putting up 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field one game after his 16-point outing at Kansas. Horton-Tucker was the catalyst to Iowa State’s strong start, scoring nine points in the game’s opening 6:15. He also tallied eight rebounds and five assists.
Lindell Wigginton put up a season-high 18 points off the bench on Saturday, providing an efficient boost in 21 minutes of action. The sophomore knocked down 7-of-10 attempts from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Marial Shayok added 17 in the scoring column on a tidy 6-of-9 shooting, making three triples. The senior has now scored at least 17 points in 18 of his last 19 outings.
Big 12 play resumes on Wednesday, as Iowa State hosts West Virginia at 6 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.