DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa State (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Drake (6-2, 0-0 MVC), 77-68, on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The Cyclones put together a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away from the pesky Bulldogs down the stretch.
Michael Jacobson lead the Cyclones with 22 points, and was joined in double-figures by Marial Shayok (18), Talen Horton-Tucker (15) and Nick Weiler-Babb (13).
How It Happened
The Cyclones jumped out to a fast start, scoring on their first six possessions to go ahead 15-7 on a Talen Horton-Tucker jumper less than six minutes into the game. Horton-Tucker scored nine of ISU’s first 15 points to lead the charge. Drake would flip the script by rattling off a 13-0 run to go ahead 20-15 with 12:07 remaining in the half.
It was back-and-forth until Iowa State closed the half with a 9-0 flurry of its own to lead 36-32 at the intermission. Jacobson scored seven of the final nine Cyclone points to close the half, tying Horton-Tucker for a team-leading 11 points in the first period.
Drake reclaimed the lead with a 10-0 run early in the second half to give the Bulldogs a 49-44 advantage with 13:54 to play. The see-saw affair continued until the Cyclones put together the decisive 12-0 spurt to take control down the stretch. Jacobson sparked the Iowa State push, scoring seven-straight, including a triple to tie the game, and a layup on the ensuing possession to give the Cyclones the lead for good.
Iowa State outscored Drake 18-2 over the final 6:50 of game time until a Bulldog triple in the closing seconds.
Players of Note
Michael Jacobson poured in 22 points, one off his career-high, on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. The junior also knocked down a career-high three 3-pointers on the afternoon.
Talen Horton-Tucker had 15 points and posted team-highs with nine rebounds and four assists. The freshman also threw down a highlight dunk in the second half to help spark the strong Cyclone closing effort.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum for its final non-conference game before Big 12 play begins. The Cyclones will play host to Eastern Illinois on Friday at 6 p.m.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State battled back from an early double-digit deficit to take down Drake, 86-81, on Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Senior Bridget Carleton scored 18 of her 31 points in the second half to lead the resurgent Cyclones. Iowa State improves to 8-2 with the win, while Drake falls to 8-3.
How It Happened
Drake jumped out to an early lead thanks to a blistering start from beyond the 3-point arc. The Bulldogs knocked down 7-of-15 from 3-point territory in the first quarter alone, and used a 9-0 run to lead 14-4 less than five minutes into the game. The Cyclones responded with a 7-0 spurt of their own, but struggled to contain Drake’s shooters, as the Bulldogs would lead 27-19 after 10 minutes of play.
Iowa State adjusted and played excellent defense to turn the tide in the second stanza. Kristen Scott scored ISU’s first seven points as the Cyclones began to chip away at the deficit. Bridget Carletonthen keyed a 9-0 run in the closing minutes of the half, as Iowa State took its first lead of the night. Carleton knocked down a jumper at the buzzer to send the Cyclones into the locker room with a 44-41 advantage. ISU held Drake to just 1-of-3 on 3-point attempts in the second quarter.
Carleton continued to be the catalyst for Iowa State after the intermission, helping extend the Cyclone lead to 66-59 at the end of the third quarter. The senior scored 13 of Iowa State’s 22 points in the period, including the final six.
Ashley Joens came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring Iowa State’s first eight points, including 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to just four with 6:41 to play, but Joens responded with a layup, followed by a Madison Wise triple.
The Bulldogs put together an 11-0 run to tie the game with just 1:24 to play, but senior Meredith Burkhallscored in the post, and Madison Wise drew an offensive foul on Drake’s ensuing possession. Bridget Carleton then converted on a drive to the basket at the end of the shot clock to put Iowa State ahead 83-79 with 21 seconds remaining to help seal the victory.
Players of Note
Bridget Carleton was phenomenal once again for the Cyclones, scoring a game-high 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Carleton also led Iowa State in rebounds (8) and steals (4). She tied the team high with four assists.
Ashley Joens had an ultra-efficient 16-point outing, knocking down 7-of-8 attempts from the field. The freshman came up huge, knocking down a pair 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help stave off a Bulldog rally.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday to take on Prairie View A&M at 6:30 p.m.