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Peterson: Thoughts from Iowa State basketball's exhibition win over the Netherlands' National B Team

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

Tyrese Haliburton was the star we all knew him to be. Newcomers like Prentiss Nixon and Rasir Bolton ran most of the offense. Solomon Young looked every bit as good as he was before his injuries. Terrence Lewis was a determined scorer, doing his best to finally break into the season rotation.

It was a wonderful day for almost everyone during Iowa State’s 94-77 rout of the Netherlands’ National B Team in the Cyclones’ first of three games during their 10-day tour of Italy.

Little used up to this point, the junior-to-be Lewis led six double-figure scorers with 15 points. He was 6-for-7, including 2 of 3 from three-point range. He’ll play a lot if he can shoot like that during the season. The Cyclones are always looking for good long-range shooters.

Prentiss Nixon hopes to bring the toughness he learned until Larry Eustachy to Iowa State
Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

The Illini, by the way, had two players with visa issues — freshman Kofi Cockburn, expected to be the starting center, and Andres Feliz, who averaged 8.3 points last season. They didn’t make the trip, which shortened Illinois’ rotation.

Nixon scored 11 points. His 4-of-9 shooting included 2-for-4 from three-point range. He added three assists and two steals.

Bolton — and the NCAA still hasn’t ruled on his eligibility — scored 12 points, and his 4-of-8 shooting included 1-for-2 from deep.

The starters

Young, Mike Jacobson, Bolton, Nixon and Haliburton started. Haliburton ended up playing about a half, it appeared, which was the plan.

Nonetheless, his statistical line included 10 points, six assists, rebounds and two blocked shots.

He helped the USA U-19 Team win a FIBA World Cup gold medal. He participated in the prestigious NIKE skills camp. He needed the rest, although he didn’t look one bit tired on the Facebook feed.

Keep an eye on all-purpose guard Tre Jackson. He scored 11 points, shot 3-for-7 from three-point range, had two assists and a steal.

“He’s going to be a really good little player for us,” Prohm said.

Combo platter

Prohm played two bigs most of the game — mixing and matching Mike Jacobson, George Conditt and Young on the floor together. Those combinations were mostly solid, however interior toughness sometimes left something to be desired.

Again, it’s hard to stay motivated when you score 19 of the second half’s first 21 points.

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Iowa State post player Solomon Young is back on the court again
Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

Young scored 13 points and had three rebounds, Jacobson had three points and four rebounds, while Conditt had four points and seven boards.

Prohm rotated everyone, giving all of his players a chance to play and to do something good.

Bolton showed good shooting range. Zion Griffin (nine points) was “a beast,” according to one of the in-game comments.

Confusing Bolton and Nixon?

That was easy to do. Not only could they almost be twins, they wore white T-shirts under their red game jerseys. The camera caught the game from long-range, which was fine because, remember, it was a self-made production from a gym in Rome.

Anyhow…

“I call him my little bro because we look alike,” Nixon said during Cap City. “It’ll be an on-going joke throughout the season.”

No Leech

Freshman recruit Marcedus Leech didn’t play, which wasn’t shocking. He’s still rounding into shape after breaking a leg.

Next up

The trip continues against the Siena All-Stars at noon Thursday.

“We’ll change the lineup a little,” Prohm said. “Keep (subbing) five-and-five for the most part — just to make sure everybody’s getting minutes. We’ll try to rest Tyrese a little bit if we can, and Mike at times if we can.

“I want Solomon out there because he hasn’t played in a while.”

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.

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