AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Omaha (3-4, 0-0 Summit), 82-55, on Monday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones had five players score in double figures, led by 18 from senior guard Marial Shayok.
Freshman Tyrese Haliburton followed with a career-high 16 points, all in the first half, on 6-of-7 shooting. Guard Terrence Lewis came off the bench to score 15 points one game after scoring a career-best 16 vs. San Diego State.
How It Happened
The Cyclones scored the first 11 points of the night and never looked back, cruising to a 41-28 halftime lead behind Haliburton’s stellar start. The native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin poured in 16 first-half points, including 14 in the first 9:30 of the game to give Iowa State a 22-10 lead midway through the stanza. It was an efficient outburst, as the freshman guard knocked down six-of-seven field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Iowa State’s defensive length proved to be trouble for the Mavericks, as the Cyclones had eight steals in the first 20 minutes and scored 17 points on turnovers. Shayok also scored 12 points in the opening half as ISU opened its 13-point halftime advantage.
It was the Cyclone defense that allowed the lead to grow after the teams emerged from their locker rooms, as Iowa State put the clamps down on Omaha in the second half. The Mavericks shot just 30.3 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes. In total, Omaha made 21-of-59 attempts (35.6 percent) from the field. It’s the fifth time this season Iowa State has held an opponent under 40 percent from the field.
Talen Horton-Tucker paced Iowa State offensively after the intermission, scoring 10 of his 14 points after the break. The freshman knocked down a pair of triples and notched a team-high five steals on the night.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok led the Cyclones in scoring once again with 18 points, going 6-of-6 at the free throw line. The senior added seven points and a team-high five assists.
Michael Jacobson continued his outstanding play, chipping in a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double on the night. He pulled down a team-leading four offensive boards.
Tyrese Haliburton scored 16 first-half points on just seven field goal attempts and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Iowa State is back at Hilton Coliseum on Monday to take on North Dakota State at 7 p.m.