For the second straight outing, Iowa State erupted in the second half, scoring an astounding 63 points in the second stanza to secure a 89-76 victory and lock up the #2 seed for next week's Big 12 Tournament.
Now, the downside to that second half brilliance was an uninspired, frustrating first half that saw the Cyclones trailing by 6 at the break, but considering how well Iowa State played in the game's final 20 minutes, I suppose we can excuse the game's opening.
Once again, it was Georges Niang and Monte Morris leading the charge. Niang had only 2 points in the first half, but finished the game with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Morris was steady throughout and also scored 19 points while also dishing out 6 assists and played turnover-free on the evening.
The surprise of the night was Bryce Dejean-Jones, who had been held scoreless against Kansas State and Oklahoma and didn't even make it off the bench against the Sooners in the second half. Dejean-Jones was relentless, attacking the basket and making plays on both ends of the floor. He finished with 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He also handed out 3 assists for good measure.
Jameel McKay recorded his second-straight double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Naz Long was just shy of making his way into double figures, finishing with 9 points on the night.
After turning it over 8 times in the first half, Iowa State had just 1 turnover the rest of the game and dished out 18 assists as a team. The Cyclones were red-hot from outside, hitting 9-14 from 3-point range. Overall, Iowa State shot 56.6% from the floor.
Iowa State will take the floor at 6 PM next Thursday night and will take on the winner of the Texas-Texas Tech game from Wednesday evening. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.