J3ff B3verly opened up tonight with a three pointer which shocked likely the entirety of Cyclone Nation. Solomon Young would follow that up with a quick jumper just 50 seconds later. However, following those buckets would be UNI scoring nine straight points.
It would be an understatement to say we didn’t struggle for the first half, connecting on only 32% of shots and going 3/12 from beyond the arc.
Luckily, the duo of Wigginton and Weiler-Babb kept us close, but still trailing 30-33.
Here are your first half highlights pic.twitter.com/FkNfBnAbhK— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) December 16, 2017
On the opening Panther possession of the second half, Weiler-Babb got a quick steal which led to a Wigginton basket. Following the media timeout at the 15:57 mark, Young picked up a critical third foul which made him had to sit.
Cameron Lard took his place and had a quick steal and bucket to put the Cyclones up 43-42. Wigginton, as mentioned in the subtitle, would have start to heat up, at one point scoring seven points in a row for ISU. He capped off his run with a deep three as seen below to put Iowa State 56-50.
Here is that deep 3 from Wigginton to put the Cyclones up six! pic.twitter.com/prAPJGtzaf— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) December 16, 2017
The Cyclones would keep the heat on by going on a 11-0 run, and a short while later Weiler-Babb would hit a deep Wellmark 3-Pointer.
Here is Nick Weiler-Babb from DEEP! pic.twitter.com/yU6bG29rjI— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) December 16, 2017
At 3:06 remaining, UNI took another timeout, but as expected, Jeff Beverly wouldn’t cool down from his only other attempt and would bring ISU to a nice 69-56 lead.
Here is the 3 from Beverly to give the Cyclones their biggest lead at 13! pic.twitter.com/YZ3udJXFGO— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) December 16, 2017
Unfortunately, with 1:24 left, Donovan Jackson’s hot streak at the charity stripe ended at 17 straight makes.
All in all, this was a very good win for Iowa State Basketball, be sure to support the Cyclones at home on Wednesday when they take on Maryland Eastern Shore!
Here are final highlights of Iowa State's 76-65 win over Northern Iowa in the Big 4 Classic, courtesy of MC22 and @cyslockerroom! pic.twitter.com/H1tNSYIGk7— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) December 16, 2017