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Peterson: Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton might be out a while after bad fall in win vs. Kansas State

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Iowa State Star Tyrese Haliburton is questionable in Wednesday at Oklahoma — at least

Des Moines Register

AMES, Ia. — Iowa State must learn very quickly how to play well without its leader. Star Tyrese Haliburton might not be around for a while.

That’s the fallout from the Cyclones’ 73-63 victory against Kansas State Saturday night at Hilton Coliseum. That’s the harsh reality of what can happen when going all-out to block a shot. He took a hard spill under the basket, and now the question is when will the left wrist he re-injured be well enough to play again?

“He’s got a lot of things to look forward to,” athletic trainer Vic Miller said after the game. “It’s him first.”

Haliburton is unlikely to return by 8 p.m. Wednesday for his team’s next game at Oklahoma. At home next Saturday against Texas? Maybe. Later than that? The MRI he was supposed to have Sunday will help answer that question. 

“The last time we held him out for a week,” Miller said. “This time, it’s a similar type of thing. That’s what it took last time. I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen this time, but it’s going to at least be that.”

Hilton Coliseum crowd went silent

He wouldn’t be rushed back onto the floor, even if the Cyclones were knocking on the Big 12 Conference’s first-place door, instead of trying to stay out of last.

“We’ll know the next 24 to 48 hours where he needs to be — whether that’s out, whether that’s rehab, or whether that’s able to play Wednesday,” coach Steve Prohm said. “Obviously we need to be careful with him — get him back 100 percent.”

What was once a loud and cheering crowd at Hilton Coliseum became silent with 13:46 to play. You could even clearly hear Kansas State coach Bruce Weber hollering to his players, “you’re not going to get calls here,” as Iowa State’s star lay on the floor under the basket and along the baseline.

Haliburton was hurt while trying to block a shot, and suddenly the exuberance of how well the Cyclones were playing was secondary. The team’s best player, a potential lottery pick, was hurt.

Conditt: Haliburton is a warrior

Already, the sophomore was playing with a sprained left wrist after trying to block a shot during practice before the Florida A&M game. Now he was on the floor, in pain again, as an athletic trainer and doctor hovered over him.

Hilton became tomb-like, as did other places people congregated to watch this game probably did.

“I landed on my wrist,” Haliburton said. “I tried to make an effort play. I went to make a block, and my feet got tangled up. It’s human instinct is to put my hand down to save myself — and it’s just the same hand.”

Players were stunned, too.

“The first thing I thought was let’s get him back into the training room to figure out what’s wrong with him,” said George Conditt, who along with Solomon Young helped Iowa State scored 30 points in the paint. “Tyrese is a warrior. He’s my brother, and I support every decision he makes. We bleed red and gold.”

Haliburton was a warrior, all right. In a sense, it was one of his most impressive games as a Cyclone, what he tried to do after getting hurt with 50 seconds remaining in the first half.

Haliburton showed second-half toughness

He showed NBA scouts something besides scoring and fluidity on the floor. He showed toughness. He showed grit. A team guy, Haliburton wasn’t about to abandon his guys when they needed him most.

So, he started the second half. He helped build a 49-35 lead in a game the Cyclones once led by 21 points, but he wasn’t himself.

He could have watched from the bench. He could have stayed in the training room. He put his teammates and school and fans ahead of anything he may or may not have after this season and the millions he stands to make.

“It was my decision to start the second half,” he said. “We’re 2-7. They depend on me. I’m the point guard. This is my team. It wasn’t much of a thought. I’m going out there.”

Then with 13:46 left, he’d had enough. Essentially playing one-handed anyway, the pain was too much to withstand. The wrist had no motion. He asked out of the game.

“I knew if I kept playing, I was only going to hurt us more than I was going to help us,” he said. “I was in a lot of pain, so I told them to take me out.”

Could it be something more than a sprain? Season-ending, or just 10 days or so of rest?

“I don’t really have an answer,” Haliburton said. “We’ll see where it is. Take it a day at a time and figure it out.”

Iowa State already lost the Florida A&M game when their leader on the bench after spraining his wrist the first time. Now, he was on the bench again as Kansas State closed within 52-48.

Iowa State teammates pick up the slack

Prentiss Nixon made two big plays — one offensively, and another defensively that led to his dunk. Just like that, Iowa State led 56-48 and guess who was jumping up and down on the bench, leading the cheers and waving (with his right hand) a towel?

The possible lottery pick with the sprained left wrist, that’s who.

“What’s cool about him is how invested he is on the sidelines when he’s not playing,” Prohm said.

Haliburton’s teammates responded positively. Iowa State had its mojo back. The score became 59-51 Cyclones. Terrence Lewis had a big 3-pointer in front of the Cyclones’ bench, and it was 64-55 Iowa State.

So much for that four-game losing streak.

“They played hard, that’s all you can really ask for,” Haliburton said. “You have to be resilient, just like our fan base. I tried to be the best cheerleader I could. I’m proud of our guys.”

 Even with their star leader on the bench, Iowa State found a way against a team that was just as desperate for a win. Credit that, and also the way the Cyclones started this game.

Solomon Young was relentless. Iowa State’s veteran post player was bound and determined to end the losing streak. He’d seen enough.

So, the junior scrapped and fought. He put the Cyclones on his muscular shoulders early, and sparked his teammates into playing better than they played during the recent two weeks of frustration in which Prohm was running out of things to try.

Young scored 11 of his team’s first 14 points. After eight minutes, he hadn’t missed a shot from the field or the stripe. He had two blocked shots and two steals well before halftime. It was his game.

By golly, the Cyclones’ losing streak wasn’t reaching five if he had anything to say about it.

That’s why Haliburton decided to play in the second half. He’d seen enough of losing, too. He was going to do anything he could to help — even if it was with one hand.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writing for the Des Moines Register for parts of five decades. 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 DesMoinesRegister.com/Deal to make sure you never miss a moment.

Source: Des Moines Register