AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (5-3, 0-0 Big 12) used a 15-0 second-half run to pull away from Kansas City (5-5, 0-0 WAC), 79-61, on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. Tyrese Haliburton, Michael Jacobson and Rasir Bolton scored 19 points each to lead the way for the Cyclones.
How It Happened
Iowa State put together an impressive 11-0 run late in the first half to surge in front of a feisty Kansas City squad prior to halftime. The run came with less than six minutes remaining in the opening stanza, after the ‘Roos had opened up a 24-20 lead behind a 10-2 spurt of their own. Guard Rob Whitfield helped lead the Kansas City rally by knocking down a pair of triples during the stretch to give the visitors their largest lead of the night.
Tyrese Haliburton responded by sparking the 11-0 run with his second triple of the half, followed by four points each from Prentiss Nixon and Michael Jacobson, who was unstoppable in the first 20 minutes of action. The native of Waukee, Iowa, tallied 15 points on a tidy 6-of-6 shooting from the field with a combination of low-post scoring and jump shots to lead the way offensively.
He was joined in double figures by Haliburton, who had 12 first-half points as the Cyclones took a 37-31 at the break.
The Cyclones came out of the gates fast, jumping out to a 45-33 lead, their largest of the game to that point, less than five minutes into the second half. However, Kansas City refused to go away. The ‘Roos reeled off an 11-0 run of their own, including three-straight buckets from Marvin Nesbitt Jr., to cut the Cyclone advantage to just 45-44 with 11:19 to play.
Iowa State stayed aggressive, attacking the basket on offense, and it paid off down the stretch. The Cyclones scored 13 of their next 19 points at the free throw line to get some breathing room after Kansas City cut the deficit to one.
A 15-0 Cyclone run, punctuated by back-to-back triples from Haliburton and Rasir Bolton, put the game out of reach for good. Bolton scored 10 of Iowa State’s 15 points during the decisive stretch, including a thunderous dunk for an and-one to bring the Hilton Coliseum crowd to its feet.
Players of Note
Michael Jacobson was lights-out for the Cyclones, coming up with clutch baskets seemingly every time Kansas City looked to be on a run. The senior ended his efficient night with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, to go with five rebounds and three steals.
Tyrese Haliburton continued the impressive start to his sophomore campaign, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Rasir Bolton carried the load offensively for the Cyclones in the second half, scoring all 19 of his points after intermission. Bolton knocked down 10-of-11 attempts from the free throw line on the night.
Iowa State is back home on Sunday at 8 p.m. to battle No. 16 Seton Hall at Hilton Coliseum.