AMES, Iowa – A hot-shooting first half helped Iowa State (7-4) get back in the win column with a 89-59 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne (7-8) Sunday afternoon inside Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones build up a 26-point first-half lead on the back of 10 first-half 3-pointers, five of which came from the hands of Tyrese Haliburton and two more which he assisted. The Cyclone sophomore led ISU with 22 points, six assists and four rebounds. Joining him in double figures was Solomon Young, who notched his 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Terrence Lewis, who came off the bench for a season-high 11.
How it Happened
After a sluggish first few minutes of competition, it was the Cyclones and star Tyrese Haliburton who were able to breakthrough. The sophomore drilled a deep 3-pointer, followed by Haliburton finding Zion Griffin in the corner for three to get ahead 17-12. Haliburton then had two more in his arsenal, pushing the home side’s advantage up to 29-20.
Another Haliburton assist found Prentiss Nixon for three, before Haliburton called his own number for consecutive possessions to bring up his fifth 3-pointer of the half at 40-22. After four-straight games hitting nine or fewer 3-pointers, Haliburton led ISU to a 10 3-pointer first period, with the Cyclones connecting on 10-of-20 from deep (a season-best 60.6 percent from the field). Iowa State’s defense also provided good support, forcing 11 Purdue Fort Wayne turnovers, scoring 18 points off said turnovers.
With Haliburton dealing with foul trouble, the ISU supporting cast stepped up with Young making his first three shot attempts of the half to help push the advantage to 30. The Mastodons went on an 11-0 run to get back within 17 at 72-55, but the Cyclones were able to get their lead back into the 20s and ease home the victory.
Players of Note
Tyrese Haliburton’s work was the spark that got Iowa State ahead in the first half, as the sophomore notched 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-7 on 3-pointers to go with three assists, two rebounds and a steal. For the game, Haliburton finished with 22 points, including six 3-pointers, six assists and four rebounds.
Solomon Young drained his first seven shots of the contest to help guide his 15-point effort. It was his sixth double-digit effort of the season. Young also recorded five rebounds and two steals in the win.
Terrence Lewis had a strong connection with Haliburton to help the ISU effort. Lewis finished with a season-high 11 points, with his three 3-pointers all coming via dishes from Haliburton. He also had two rebounds and two assists.
Iowa State returns from the break next Tuesday, Dec. 31, to host Florida A&M. Tip between the Cyclones and Rattlers inside Hilton Coliseum will be at 6 p.m.