PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (3-2, 0-0 Big 12) fought back late, but ultimately fell to Michigan (5-0, 0-0 Big 10) by a final score of 83-76. Tyrese Haliburton led all scorers in the game with a career-high 25 points.
How It Happened
Iowa State jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first half, bolstered by an early 10-0 run. The Cyclones pushed their lead to as many as 16-7 in the first half, but the Wolverines pushed back. Michigan pieced together its own 10-0 run and regained the lead at 17-16. In total, there were seven lead changes in the first half of action.
Haliburton closed out the first half for Iowa State with a tough shot in the paint, trimming the Michigan lead to 41-37 heading into the break.
The Cyclones struggled from deep to begin the game, connecting on 2-10 attempts from downtown. ISU did well to compensate for their shooting woes by converting 11 Michigan first-half turnovers into 14 points.
The Wolverines came out hot in the second half. They opened the half on an 11-2 run and stretched their lead to 52-39. The Cyclones cut the lead to single digits on several occasions, but the Michigan offense answered every ISU punch.
Down the stretch, Iowa State made one final push. The Cyclones were within six of the lead with 38 seconds to play. Michigan came up with a couple key stops, and hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
The Wolverines were 15-24 from the field in the second half, including 6-9 from deep. ISU shot just 14-32 in the second half and only connected on 3-11 attempts from three.
Players of Note
Tyrese Haliburton finished with a career-high 25 points. The stat-stuffing point guard also churned out five assists and brought down nine boards. Haliburton’s length gave Michigan fits and he tallied four steals and a block to add to his stat line.
Prentiss Nixon finished the game with 14 points. The senior also did well to facilitate the ISU offense, offering up five assists. He provided perimeter pressure on the defensive end, collecting two steals.
Solomon Young was 5-9 from the field, good for 12 points. He hauled in two boards and dished out an assist.
Iowa State takes on Alabama for its second game. That game will tip at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 28. It will be on ESPNU.