Iowa State took the floor in the annual CyHawk basketball game on Friday night. After falling behind 13-2 early, Javan Johnson got hot and pushed Iowa State back into the game. Tyler Harris hit back-to-back 3s and at the under 8 media timeout in the first half, the young Cyclones held a 32-29 lead. Unfortunately, things unraveled from that point, as the opponent went on a run of their own to take an 11 point lead at halftime. Xavier Foster played some early minutes and flashed some potential, hitting a 3 and being aggressive on the offensive glass.
In the second half, the other team adjusted to playing a zone defense, and Iowa State’s hero ball couldn’t keep up, as the shots quit falling and they quickly fell behind by an insurmountable margin. Luka Garza went supernova for about a 5 minute stretch, still keeping up his torrid season pace despite being sidelined for most of the first half with foul trouble.
As far as silver linings are considered, Iowa State did have their most competent stretch of basketball of the season for about 4 minutes into that first half media timeout. The ball was moving, Foster was effective, and the defense was aggressive enough to force some turnovers. Fans should certainly be impressed with some of the talent on this roster. Javan Johnson paced the team with 20 points on 8-16 shooting, and finally showed us his ability to slash to the rim. Jalen Coleman-Lands was 5-7 from 3. Foster has 8 points and was 2-2 from 3 himself.
The makings of a talented, but inexperienced basketball team are there. It’s going to take some serious adjusting by the coaching staff to find a way to take those couple minute flashes and turn it into a cohesive gameplan. And despite the lopsided final score, the guys were still playing hard. This was the toughest test on the schedule. Next up is a home game against Kansas State to kick off Big 12 play. Stay tuned to WRNL for continued basketball coverage.