KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Talen Horton-Tucker was right. And so was Tyrese Haliburton.
Iowa State’s top two rookies, in separate interviews this week, said no moment is too big for them.
Their first Big 12 Conference tournament? No worries there.
“I play well in games like this,” Horton-Tucker said after practice Wednesday.
They weren’t the only reasons Iowa State beat Baylor 83-66 in Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference tournament, but they were major factors.
Horton-Tucker was the most impressive for this 21-win team, with 21 points. Marial Shayok shook off his sore left little toe to the tune of 18 points. Haliburton scored 13 points, while shooting with confidence again.
It was the first victory against the Bears this season, and now the Cyclones face the Kansas State-TCU winner on Friday at 6 p.m.
The outcome was never in doubt for at least the last 30 minutes. Iowa State, playing its best game in a while, was that good.
And get this:
Iowa State has won three of the past five Big 12 tournament. The other two were first-game losses.
Source: Des Moines Register