PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 Big 12) fell to No. 13 Seton Hall (6-2, 0-0 Big East) 84-76 in fifth-place game of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.
How It Happened
The Cyclones’ shooting performance from their 100-point outburst against Alabama carried over into the first part of the contest against Seton Hall. Iowa State jumped out to a 21-12 lead and started the game shooting over 70% from the field.
The Seton Hall defense tightened up and held the Cyclones scoreless for nearly a four-minute stretch in the first half and eventually took a 32-29 lead. ISU recaptured the lead right before the break on a Tre Jackson three. At the break, Iowa State led Seton Hall, 33-32.
The Pirates took a 41-36 lead on a 7-0 run early in the second half, forcing an Iowa State timeout. Out of that break, the Cyclones went on their own 5-0 run to tie the game at 41-41. Iowa State and Seton Hall would swap leads nine times in the second half.
Seton Hall put some distance between Iowa State when they went on a 12-2 run approaching the under four-minute break in the second half.
The difference in the contest was Seton Hall’s 20-33 shooting in the second half, including 5-12 from deep, compared to Iowa State’s 16-35 and 4-14 second-half shooting.
Players of Note
Rasir Bolton finished with a team-high 20 points. Bolton caught fire in the second half, scoring 14 second-half points. He also added four rebounds and an assist to his stat line.
Tyrese Haliburton continued his accelerated play on day three in the Bahamas. The sophomore poured in 19 points and contributed seven assists, three rebounds, nabbed three steals and added a blocked shot to his stat line.
Iowa State returns home to take on Kansas City on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.