Gibson shines in first career start

Freshman forward scores 15, ISU rolls Prairie View A&M 84-59

Iowa State's Percy Gibson looks for a shot around Prairie View's Jules Montgomery during the first half of an NCAA colle
Iowa State's Percy Gibson looks for a shot around Prairie View's Jules Montgomery during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Ames Tribune, Nirmalendu Majumdar)

AMES — He kept loose balls alive.

He hit a sweeping putback basket in one motion.

And he became a go-to post option in his first career start.

Iowa State fans, meet freshman forward Percy Gibson, who continues to command more playing time and shined in Tuesday’s 84-59 tune-up win over Prairie View A&M before a crowd of 12,915 at Hilton Coliseum.

“That just let me get into the flow of the game,” said Gibson, who scored 15 points and clutched seven rebounds. “All the nerves were gone and I could just play basketball.”

The Cyclones (6-3) bolted to a 23-5 lead with Chris Allen handling the bulk of the point guard duties — and fellow guard Scott Christopherson played off the ball most of the time.

“We moved the ball a lot, which was good,” said 6-2 sixth man Tyrus McGee, who skied for a breakaway tomahawk dunk in the second half and scored 12 points. “But we’ve got to stay consistent on that and communicate on defense.”

Allen dished out seven assists and went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

He finished with a team-high 16 points.

Christopherson scored seven points and went 1 of 8 from the field.

“Wanted to experiment a little bit with Chris with the ball in his hands and try to get Scott going,” ISU coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Wanted Scott coming off aggressive looking for shots. He didn’t shoot the ball very well but he got some good looks.”

Forward Anthony Booker didn’t play.

“That was just a decision that I made,” Hoiberg said.

Forward Royce White — who didn’t start because of arriving three minutes late for the shoot-around —added 12 points and a season-low three rebounds.

The boards were a sore point for Hoiberg.

The Cyclones allowed the Panthers (2-7) to snare 17 of them on the offensive end.

“They were crashing five, but that’s a time you find a way to get that rebound and you’re off and running,” Hoiberg said. “You’re playing in transition if you get that rebound.”

The 6-9, 245-pound Gibson adjusted to his starting role quickly.

He began the game with a layup and added a rebound and blocked shot in the first two and a half minutes. Two of his baskets came off assists from White.

“He’s a very crafty player,” Hoiberg said of Gibson, who played 27 minutes. “You can see that in the way he plays. With him and Royce in there together, a lot of times, they play off each other very well. Royce does a good job of getting him the ball and passing it and Percy does a great job of finishing.”


Munks 4-10 1-1 9, Montgomery 4-10 0-0 8, Scott 2-5 0-1 5, Riathin 0-2 0-2 0, Meadows 3-6 0-0 6, Demunyck 8-12 1-1 18, Wright 1-5 0-0 2, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Duplessis 0-1 1-2 1, Scranton 0-1 0-0 0, Adu 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 1-2 0-0 2, Gesiakowski 1-6 0-0 2, Chapman 2-4 2-5 6. Totals 26-66 5-12 59.

IOWA ST. (6-3)

Babb 2-7 0-0 5, Ejim 3-4 2-4 8, Allen 4-7 5-6 16, Christopherson 1-8 4-4 7, Gibson 7-8 1-4 15, Railey 1-1 0-0 2, Palo 1-4 1-4 3, Sledge 1-1 2-2 4, McBeth 0-0 0-0 0, McGee 2-4 7-8 12, White 5-8 2-4 12. Totals 27-52 24-36 84.

Halftime_Iowa St. 46-23. 3-Point Goals_Prairie View 2-13 (Demunyck 1-2, Scott 1-2, Montgomery 0-1, Wright 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Gesiakowski 0-2, Munks 0-2, Meadows 0-2), Iowa St. 6-17 (Allen 3-5, McGee 1-2, Christopherson 1-3, Babb 1-6, Ejim 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Prairie View 34 (Chapman 7), Iowa St. 36 (Babb 9). Assists_Prairie View 15 (Demunyck 5), Iowa St. 19 (Allen 7). Total Fouls_Prairie View 26, Iowa St. 15. A_12,915.[nggallery id=719]

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