Tyrese Haliburton was the best player on the court
Randy Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — That’s more like it.
Thursday’s 104-89 victory against Alabama in the Battle 4 Atlantis was more like the way we all expected Iowa State to play here in this island tournament.
Tyrese Haliburton continuing highlight reel spectacular play that included being one assist shy of the sixth triple-double in school history?
Freshmen performing well?
Second-half four-point plays by Haliburton and Rasir Bolton?
Check. Double-check. Triple-check.
When shots splash net, good things follow.
Yeah, for the first time this season, it seems, coach Steve Prohm’s team made three-pointers. Nine during a 51-36 first half was one more that the Cyclones made against Northern Illinois and Southern Mississippi combined.
Even Rasir Bolton got into the act, by making four of his first five from all parts deep. That’s breaking news, too, because the Penn State transfer came into the game making just 2 of the 20 he attempted in five games. The sophomore came to Iowa State as a 36.1-percent 3-point shooter, so what we’d been seeing wasn’t necessarily a reflection of how good he can be.
Even all-everything Haliburton, the engine that makes this team go, got a well-deserved rest during his 23-point, 11-rebound and nine-assist show. All was going so well for this 4-2 team that plays again at 6 p.m. Friday that Highlight Reel Haliburton sat on the bench near his coach for six first-half minutes.
After doing the full 40 minutes in an opening-round loss against fourth-ranked North Carolina-killer Michigan, Haliburton got to watch a lineup that consisted of Bolton, freshman Tre Jackson, Prentiss Nixon, Solomon Young and Mike Jacobson build a first-half lead to 51-36.
That’s how good things were going.
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writing for the Des Moines Register for parts of five decades. Reach him at email@example.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