AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (5-2, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Northern Illinois (5-4, 0-0 MAC) 94-80. The Cyclones 94 points are the second-most they’ve scored this season. A total of four Cardinal and Gold players tallied double-figure points.
Freshman Lindell Wigginton turned in a career-high 28 points to lead all scorers. Senior Donovan Jackson racked up 24 points behind 6-of-12 shooting from behind the arc. Senior Nick Weiler-Babb (14) and freshman Cameron Lard (12) also reached double figures.
How it Happened
Iowa State was efficient on offense tonight. The Cyclones were 34-of-66 from the field, scoring on over 50% of their attempts. ISU was pouring it in from everywhere, connecting on 14-of-26 attempts from downtown. The 14 threes are the most by the Cyclones this season.
The Cyclone offense found its groove in the second half. At the intermission, the Huskies led the Cyclones, 38-36. Out of the break, Jackson connected on a three that would foreshadow what would come the rest of the half.
The Cardinal and Gold went on to fire 9-of-15 from three in the second half behind Jackson’s 5-of-9 three-point shooting.
Iowa State played well defensively in the second stanza. Midway through the half, the Cyclones busted out a 16-2 run to take control of the game. ISU held Northern Illinois to 16-of-36 shooting after the intermission and forced six turnovers.
Players of Note
Lindell Wigginton continues to impress in his freshman campaign. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, native scored a career-high 28 points while also grabbing seven rebounds, a team high. He facilitated the Iowa State offense also by dishing out five assists. He also nabbed three steals on the defensive end and blocked two shots.
For the third time this year, Nick Weiler-Babb turned in a double-double. His 12 points were accompanied by 11 assists, his third-straight game with at least 10 dimes. Weiler-Babb was also active on the glass, hauling in five rebounds.
Donovan Jackson was the spark plug for Iowa State’s second half run. He finished the game 6-of-12 from deep and also assisted on two Iowa State scores. His six three pointers are a career high.
Cameron Lard was a monster on the block for Iowa State. He rattled home 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting. His work defensively was great, as well. The freshman swatted a career-high four NIU shots.
The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series continues in Ames on Thursday night. The Cyclones are set to take on the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m.