AMES, Ia. —The only thing missing from Iowa State’s strong start was a big, resume-building win.
The Cyclones now have it.
Iowa State tallied its biggest victory of the season Saturday, taking down No. 6 Kansas 77-60 at Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones improved to 12-2 on the season and 2-0 in Big 12 Conference. And more importantly, they captured a rout of a top 10 program.
It came in large part to Marial Shayok, who finished with a game-high 24 points. Freshman guard Tyrese Haliburton added 14.
Iowa State took advantage of a short-handed Kansas team that was without 7-foot star Udoka Azubuike. The Jayhawks kept it close for the first half, trailing by just four at the break.
But the second half belonged to Iowa State. The Cyclones shot a collective 69 percent from 3-point range and 45.2 percent from the field in the half while outscoring Kansas 41-28.
Huge start to Big 12 play
Iowa State is well on its way to a big season. After racking up 10 wins during the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Cyclones have carried the momentum into Big 12 play. They’re now 2-0 for just the third time in school history and the first time since the 2014-15 season.
It’s a long way from Iowa State’s sluggish start to Big 12 play last season. Iowa State opened last season’s conference schedule with an 0-2 record and didn’t pick up their second Big 12 win until the seventh contest.
Wigginton and Lard weren’t the stars
Iowa State has shown it can survive without Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard after the two missed the bulk of the non-conference slate.
Wigginton was hurt for most of it and Lard was suspended for a month. But that’s history. Beating Kansas without the two leading the way is an entirely different story. But that’s what happened Saturday.
Wigginton and Lard didn’t start and were on the bench for Iowa State’s strong start to the second half. When it was all said and done, Wigginton logged just 17 minutes and finished with eight points. Lard played just nine minutes and finished with four points.
There’s no place like home
Iowa State has done its best work at home this season. The win moved the Cyclones to 8-0 at Hilton. Iowa State is now just two wins away from reaching last season’s total of nine wins in Ames.
Source: Des Moines Register