AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (2-4, 0-2 Big 12) defeated Jackson State (0-5), 60-45, on Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones held the Tigers to just 14-of-58 (24.1 percent) from the field, the lowest shooting percentage by an ISU opponent since Dec. 31, 2014 (Mississippi Valley State).
How It Happened
The Cyclones were forced to grind out a low-scoring first half during which both teams struggled to find a rhythm on the offensive end. Jackson State raced out to a 9-2 lead in the early going before the Cyclone defense locked down. Iowa State held the Tigers to just 10 points over the final 17 minutes of the opening period, holding JSU to 26.9 percent shooting from the field.
Iowa State responded to JSU’s run in the opening minutes with 11-straight points of their own, capped by a Xavier Foster jumper to put the Cyclones in front 13-9 with 10:06 remaining in the half. JSU went 7:46 without a made field goal during the stretch.
Young was a bright spot, scoring six of Iowa State’s final 10 points of the half, and was the lone player in double digits at halftime with 10 to lead the Cyclones to a 25-19 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Cyclones scored the first eight points of the second half to take control and a 33-19 lead with 16:53 to play. With the teams trading buckets during the second half, Iowa State would maintain a comfortable lead, as JSU never cut its deficit to less than nine points. Another 8-0 spurt in less than two minutes of action sealed the deal, giving the Cardinal & Gold a 17-point lead with 2:31 to play.
Players of Note
Solomon Young paced Iowa State with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. The senior big man pulled down eight rebounds and tied a career high with four blocks on the day.
Jalen Coleman-Lands heated up in the second half, scoring 11 of his 16 points after the intermission. He also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.