Iowa State showed up to play early in this one. Unfortunately, their success did not last very long.
Michael Jacobson was playing some of his best basketball of the season early in the first half. He scored his eighth point as Iowa State cut the lead to 23-25 with eight minutes left in the first half.
This is when it started to get bad for ISU. Kansas would quickly start a 21-3 run. Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson began to take over, as Kansas would take a 46-26 lead into the half. The duo finished with 21 points in the first half combined. As Iowa State’s putrid three point shooting got them started off on the wrong foot in this matchup.
The second half started out not much different–if anything it got worse. Devon Dotson continued to get wherever he wanted on the floor, and Iowa State’s defensive struggles were only getting worse.
It’s very difficult to pull anything positive from the second half. It seemed that Kansas began to almost play around with the Cyclones, as the began throwing lobs all over ISU like it was almost an all-star game.
Continuing the trend of the whole season, the three point line was the story from this game. Iowa State couldn’t slow down Kansas from the behind the line as they shot a ridiculous 52.6%. On the other side Iowa State could buy a bucket, as they shot 29.6% from three on the night.
Iowa State’s perimeter trio of Prentiss Nixon, Tyrese Haliburton, and Rasir Bolton combined to shoot 8 for 30 and finished with 22 total points from the trio on the night.
You can only hope that this will be a wake up call for Steve Prohm and Cyclones as conference play begins to really heat up–beginning with a matchup vs. Oklahoma Saturday night in Norman.