AMES — Iowa State’s upperclassmen led the way Monday at Hilton Coliseum as Iowa State (3-0) beat in an 85-73 win over Texas Southern (1-2) 85-73.
Senior Marial Shayok scored a career-high 26 points. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Senior Nick Weiler-Babb recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. He also had five assists for good measure.
Lastly, junior Michael Jacobson had 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He also pulled down eight rebounds.
“I look for the older guys to get going first and when I need to step up, I will,” freshman Talen Horton-Tucker said. “They’re here for a reason. Everybody is good. I feel like we feed off the seniors’ energy and their performances.”
Horton-Tucker did feed off of the older players as he had his breakout game for the Cyclones. He had shown his ability in the first two games but hadn’t put everything together. At halftime he already had 16 points on five made 3-pointers.
“They were really good looks,” Horton-Tucker said. “They were pretty much the same looks I got that first game, the ones I didn’t hit. My teammates kept telling me, ‘Keep shooting, you’re going to make the them.’ Today, I made them.”
He finished tied with Shayok for the team lead in scoring with 26 points. He also had five rebounds and four steals.
“He’s a good player, but he’s a freshman, though,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “He’s going to have good games and he’s going to have bad games and he’s going to be up and down at times. I think it’s everybody’s job to continue to give him great confidence. I think he’s grown on the defensive end — that’s the biggest thing. We had some guys struggle on ball-screen defense. I thought he was one of our better defenders. He made some good strides tonight.”
Iowa State had pretty balanced scoring Monday with four out of the five starters scoring in double-figures. Only Tyrese Haliburton didn’t reach double digits, but he filled up the stat sheet. The freshman had three points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.
Iowa State only got one bench point, a free throw from Zion Griffin.
But Prohm doesn’t necessarily want or need a lot of bench scoring.
“We have our three to four primary scorers — one of them is out right now (Lindell Wigginton),” Prohm said. “And our post threats are out. The biggest thing I think is we have to make sure the right guys are shooting the shots.”
Prohm was mostly happy with the shots his team took against Texas Southern.
Iowa State’s next slate of games is at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. The Cyclones’ first-round game is 8 p.m. central Monday against Arizona.
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