AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) reeled off an impressive second half to take out Northern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 MAC), 70-52. The Cyclones trailed the Huskies at the half, but found their offensive rhythm in the second half, led by Rasir Bolton’s team-high 17 points.
How It Happened
Iowa State came out cold on the offensive end of the court. ISU started 0-5 from the field. Bolton broke the seal for the Cyclones and connected on a three-point play out of the under-16 timeout.
Northern Illinois stretched its lead to as many as 11 in the first half, but the Cyclones were able to cut the Huskies’ lead to 34-31 heading to the break.
Coming out of the intermission, Iowa State went on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a Michael Jacobson lay in, and took a 40-36 lead. From there it was all Cyclones. The ISU defense settled in and allowed just 18 second-half points from NIU on 6-33 shooting. The Cyclones collected nine steals and tallied eight blocks on the night.
Iowa State turned the Huskies over 20 times in the game and cashed in 30 points off of turnovers.
Despite hitting just 3-25 from deep, the Iowa State offense still found its stride thanks to 23-35 shooting from inside the arc. ISU cruised to its second victory of the season, closing out the game on a 26-12 run, holding NIU scoreless for nearly a five minute stretch.
Cyclones of Note
Rasir Bolton was ISU’s leading scorer (17), shooting at a 7-15 clip. He added two steals, a rebound and an assist to his stat line.
Solomon Young kept the offense going in the first half when the Cyclones struggled to find their groove. He finished the game with 15 points and was a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe. He also pulled in seven rebounds and swatted three blocks.
Michael Jacobson led the Cyclones on the glass. The Waukee, Iowa, native cleaned up 12 rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end. He also scored nine points and dished out two assists.
Iowa State returns to the court next Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. to face Southern Miss. The game marks the beginning of Battle 4 Atlantis and is the Campus Game of the tournament. That game between the Cyclones and Golden Eagles will be available through Cyclones.TV.