Sunday, the Cyclone Men’s Basketball team kicked off the 2017-2018 season with a victory over Division II Emporia State.
The game initially started close, with the Cyclone offense struggling to make jump shots. Even with the offense’s struggles, the defense showed up and suffocated the Hornet offense by forcing a number of turnovers.
Freshmen guard Lindel Wiggington’s outstanding athleticism through, consistently making aggressive cuts to the rim and playing solid defense. It’s clear to see how high his potential is for this season and beyond.
After the slow start, senior point guard Donovan Jackson jump started the Cyclone offense, hitting a couple three pointers and showing some touch around the rim.
Following the slow first half, the Cyclones continued to struggle from the three point line, with Jackson being the lone bright spot. Throughout the second half, Iowa State continued to keep Emporia State at arm’s length behind a solid defensive effort.
The Cyclones will have a week to prepare before heading down to Columbia, MO to take on highly touted recruit Michael Porter Jr. and the Missouri Tigers next Friday.