Iowa State and Texas were both without their best players. Jericho Sims anchored both sides of the ball for Texas, and Tyrese Haliburton had been Iowa State’s floor general all season. The question going into today’s game was: Who has a better supporting cast? After today’s game it certainly seems like the Cyclones.
Iowa State got off to a hot start, and Solomon Young looked like he could get close to another 30 point performance. The Iowa State front court would eat up Texas’ low post defenders like Thanksgiving leftovers. Michael Jacobsen had everything going for him, hitting his first three point shot since January 11th.
The first half was ugly at times. Matt Coleman, Texas’ starting point guard would leave the game and never return. Leaving Texas without their leading scorer, and leading rebounder. Texas only had 13 points with 13 minutes played in the first half. Courtney Ramey had 21, the second highest scorer for Texas was Andrew Jones with 8.
Iowa State would get off to another blistering hot start. A 9-0 run out of half time pushed their lead to 20. Texas would never get it back down to single digits. The guard play would pick up in the second half. Prentiss Nixon would come alive pouring it on finishing with 17, most of those 17 coming in the second half. Caleb Grill even made a three point shot, wild.
The most impressive performance was Michael Jacobsen who had a hay day against the depleted bigs of Texas. He had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his first double double of the season.
Looking ahead, Iowa State plays Kansas at the Phog. Donovan Jackson sends his regards.