In the final Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena, the Cyclones headed to Des Moines to take on a Drake Bulldog squad that’s been much better than expected this season under first year coach Darren DeVries.
After a fast start by the Cyclones to take an early eight point lead, one of the patented Iowa State scoring droughts showed up, allowing Drake to take the lead. After a back and forth first half, the Cyclones took a 36-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
After Drake started the second half shooting 70% from the floor and opening up another lead, the Cyclones began to claw their way back as Marial Shayok began to heat up after struggling early on.
Then came yet another puzzling appearance by Cam Lard, as played just three minutes, but recorded 2 blocks and three fouls in a high intensity, but somewhat useless stretch. If he wants to earn playing time going forward, he’s going to have to learn to limit his fouls.
As part of the Iowa State comeback, Talen Horton-Tucker absolutely obliterated some dude after picking his pocket.
Now, the Cyclones have just one final non-conference game against Eastern Illinois before heading to Stillwater on Jan. 2nd to open Big 12 play vs. Oklahoma State. Solomon Young and Lindell Wigginton are both expected to return for the EIU game, so keep your eyes peeled for that.