The “campus” portion of the Battle 4 Atlantis began in a very un-Bahamanian environment in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday night, as Iowa State defeated Southern Mississippi 73-45.
Solomon Young got the action started with the first 3 points of the game for Iowa State, part of an opening 6-0 run. Southern Miss managed to hang around for awhile, being tied for the lead as late as 7 minutes left in the first half. The defense took over from there, holding Southern Miss to 29% shooting in the first half. George Conditt protected the rim in his usual style. The Golden Eagles only scored 2 points in the last 7:18.
Offensively, things got going again with a thunderous Tyrese Haliburton dunk. Contributions came from Young, Rasir Bolton, and Prentiss Nixon as well. The 15-2 run finished with some flare, as Haliburton faked a 3 point shot and hit Conditt for an alley oop that left the defense frozen.
Here is the lob from Haliburton to Conditt for the dunk to end the first half! pic.twitter.com/qNGUSaKRlk— Iowa State Men’s Basketball (@CycloneMBB) November 20, 2019
The strong defensive play continued into the 2nd half. The only drama would be the final margin of victory. Young made the first 2 baskets as the Cyclones quickly stretched the lead to over 20 points. Southern Miss finished 0-16 from 3 point range for the game with 15 turnovers and went scoring from 6:30 left until the last minute when the walk-ons were on the floor. Solomon Young finished as the leading scoring with 14 points on 5-8 shooting with 6 rebounds. Haliburton had 12 points and 9 assists. George Conditt had 9 points on 4-5 shooting with 4 blocks. Boban Jacdonmi lead Southern Miss with 10 points.
We’ll next see Iowa State in action on November 27th against Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Hopefully the warmer climate heats up the jump shooting. Stay tuned for a hopefully productive holiday weekend.