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Cyclones Shoot Past Alabama

Making three pointers is fun.

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis-Iowa State at Alabama Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State Cyclones defeated the Crimson Tide in a high-scoring affair, winning 104-89.

The game did not get off to a great start, with Alabama very quickly jumping out to a 16-7 lead behind hot shooting from 3 (4-4 to start). John Petty Jr also poured it on early, and he would go on to score 20 first half points for Alabama.

The Cyclones would quickly go on a run, cutting the deficit entirely and taking a brief lead. The run to retake the lead was keyed by hot three point shooting (!!!) from Michael Jacobson, Tyrese Halliburton, and Rashir Bolton.

They Cyclones then put the clamps down defensively, holding Alabama to 36 points in the first half, thanks to solid interior defense from Conditt, Young, and Jacobson. The offense kept humming as well, with virtually everyone contributing to a 51-36 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same. Iowa State dominated Alabama on both ends of the floor for most of the second half, with the exception of an Alabama run to cut the lead down to 6 points.

The second half scoring was keyed by Tyrese distributing to shooters (!!!) on the wing. Tre Jackson, Prentiss Nixon, Tyrese Halliburton, and Rashir Bolton led the Cyclones from deep, contributing 11 of ISU’s threes.

Some key plays included a few terrific finds by Tyrese in transition for easy Conditt baskets, quick hands on the defensive end from Nixon, Halliburton, and Jackson, and a few 4-point plays for Tyrese and Bolton.

Defensively, the Cyclones forced 17 Alabama turnovers, giving up only 11 of their own. Iowa State would go on to make 15 threes, shooting over 51% from deep.

Tyrese Halliburton led the Cyclones with an effort that left him one assist shy of a triple double, finishing with 23-11-9. Bolton poured in 22 thanks to scorching three point shooting, Nixon added 15, and Conditt and Solomon Young added 11 apiece.

The Cyclones move to 4-2 on the young season, and will likely face Seton Hall tomorrow night