Overpowering Iowa State men's basketball makes it three-for-Italy

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Iowa State’s Italy trip is a good way for veterans to mix with newcomers.
Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

Overpowering. Dominating.

You name it, the Iowa State men’s basketball team was all of it and more while completing a three-game sweep through Italy.

The Cyclones’ most recent overwhelming victory came Saturday against an Ivory Coast National team that coach Steve Prohm actually thought would be his team’s toughest opponent.

Iowa State defeated Ivory Coast 98-69 to conclude the basketball portion of its Italy tour with a 3-0 record. The other two wins were 94-77 against the Netherlands’ National B team, and 94-40 against the Siena All-Stars.

Solomon Young led the Cyclones with 17 points. Rasir Bolton and Prentiss Nixon each scored 13 points, Tre Jackson had 12 and Zion Griffin rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10.

Three victories by a combined 286-186 — and Prohm rotated players five-at-a-time throughout each lopsided game.

Iowa State shot 33-for-76 from three-point range in the three contests, despite going 5-of-27 against Siena. The Cyclones were 14-for-29 Saturday.

“It was good,” Prohm said on video after the game. “We got everybody in the game. Our first-half energy and effort defensively was good. It’s been a great three games for us.

“It lets your address things when we get back — these are the things that are our strengths, and these are the things where we have to get better at.”

Randy Peterson is the Iowa State columnist for the Register. Reach him at rpeterson@dmreg.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.

Source: Des Moines Register