AMES, Iowa – Iowa State improved to 2-0 with a convincing 76-59 victory over Missouri (1-1) on Friday night at a sold out Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones turned defense into offense all night, forcing 25 Tiger turnovers that led directly to 25 points on the other end to help ISU pull away from its former conference rival.
Senior Marial Shayok led the charge, putting up 20 points, to go with four rebounds and a block in the second 20-point effort of his career. He was joined in double-figures by Nick Weiler-Babb (16), Michael Jacobson (15) and Talen Horton-Tucker (12).
How It Happened
Iowa State was able to grind through a back-and-forth first half, pulling ahead to a 34-25 lead at the intermission thanks to a late surge sparked by Weiler-Babb. With fellow senior Marial Shayok saddled with foul trouble through much of the first stanza, freshman Tyrese Haliburton was also a linchpin in keeping ISU within striking distance in the early going, while Weiler-Babb closed the half strong.
Weiler-Babbe, a native of Arlington, Texas, had eight points and five assists in the first 20 minutes, including a pair of layups and an assist in the final 2:15 of the half as the Cyclones closed the period on a 9-0 run. Weiler-Babb was joined atop the first-half ISU scoring column by Haliburton, who also scored eight first-half points to accompany his three steals and two assists. Iowa State’s defense and ability to take care of the ball proved to be crucial as well, as the Cyclones forced 15 first-half Tiger turnovers, to just five of their own.
Shayok, who played just eight minutes in the opening half, returned with a vengeance in the second stanza, powering Iowa State’s offense as the Cyclones quickly pushed their advantage to double-digits. The senior from Ottawa, Ontario, netted nine of ISU’s first 17 points out of the halftime break, giving the home team its largest lead to that point at 47-30 with 14:48 to play on a pair of made free throws.
Michael Jacobson, a junior transfer from Nebraska, was also critical in helping Iowa State close the door on Missouri with a phenomenal second-half performance. The native of Waukee, Iowa, was often the lone front-court player as the Cyclones played small vs. Missouri, and held his own with 15 points and six boards one game after a career-high 17-point outburst vs. Alabama State.
Iowa State was solid at the charity stripe, knocking down 20-of-26 from the line in the second half to shut the door on any chance of a Missouri rally.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok led the Cyclones with 20 points, including 15 in the second half, despite playing just 24 total minutes due to early foul trouble.
Nick Weiler-Babb showed once again what an all-around weapon he can be, chipping in 16 points and a team-high six assists with two steals. Weiler-Babb was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line on the night.
Michael Jacobson chipped in 15 points and led Iowa State on the glass with six rebounds in his second game as a Cyclone.
Iowa State is set to battle Texas Southern on Monday at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.