PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Tyrese Haliburton did his best to keep Iowa State in the game Wednesday afternoon. His deep shooting, facilitating and ball-hawking kept Michigan from pulling away.
He clearly was the best player on the floor during the opening-round game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. As good as he was, however, he couldn’t do enough to prevent an 83-76 Cyclones loss.
Haliburton scored 25 points, had nine rebounds and added five assists. He had NBA scouts taking notice along press row.
Unfortunately for Iowa State, those heroics weren’t enough to prevent the Cyclones dropping into the other side of the tournament’s bracket.
The Cyclones (3-2) not only brought a ton of fans to Paradise Island this Thanksgiving week, but also they also carried along their 3-point shooting battle.
That 5-for-21 three-point showing wasn’t the only factor in losing against Michigan (5-0) at the Imperial Arena. The Cyclones’ second loss in five games included some lapses on the defensive end and wonderful Wolverines shooting.
That combination is the reason Steve Prohm’s team will face either fourth-ranked North Carolina or Alabama at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket.
Wednesday’s game was so frustrating that Prohm got his first technical of the season after Rasir Bolton missed a layup. Iowa State trailed by 13 at the time.
Michigan led 41-37 at the break, due mostly to 53.6 percent shooting and again, Iowa State’s faulty 3-point shooting. The Cyclones were 2-for-10 from deep in the first 20 minutes, which brought the drought-like total to 10-for-57 over the past five halves.
The taller Wolverines pressured Iowa State’s perimeter players like they’d never seen this season, forcing the Cyclones into being loose with the ball and taking off-balance shots at times.
Michigan had the four-point lead despite getting just two first-half minutes from 7-foot-1 center Jon Teske. He had two fouls. That’s uncharacteristic, considering Teske came into the game averaging just one foul during the first four games.
Haliburton had an all-around first half that included 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. He also had a pair of turnovers while playing the full 20 minutes.
Teske returned to the lineup after halftime, and wasted little time showing his stuff. He swished a free-throw line jumper as Michigan extended its lead to 43-37, and then he blocked a shot on Iowa State’s ensuing possession.
That was part of an impressive 11-2 barrage of Michigan points to start the second half.
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writing for the Des Moines Register for parts of five decades. Reach him at email@example.com, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete. No one covers the Cyclones like the Register. Subscribe today at Des Moines Register.com/Deal to make sure you never miss a moment.
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