By: Mary Rominger
Hoping to keep the winning streak alive after a huge victory against Iowa last Thursday, the Cyclones (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) took on Alcorn State (2-8, 0-0 SWAC) on Sunday.
Courtesy to a dominant second half performance, Iowa State extended the streak to seven games.
In the opening minutes, things didn’t start as smooth as the Cyclones had hoped. In fact, Iowa State was trailing the Braves for a majority of the first half.
Alcorn State took a 8-0 lead to start the game, which forced the Cyclones to take an early timeout. The Braves lead was attributed to two turnovers by Weiler-Babb and a strong 3-point game.
After the timeout, the Cyclones were able to build up some momentum and keep the game within reach. Although, with a lackluster offensive performance, the Cyclones were 4-for-14 beyond the arc including Jackson who was 3-for-9.
The Braves had similar scoring woes with their leading scorer Brewer only having 8 points. ISU was able to close out the half 33-32.
Entering the second half, Iowa State looked like a completely different team.
Donovan Jackson put up 25 points and set a new career high with seven made 3-pointers.
Freshman Cameron Lard put up his second double-double of the season with a career-high 15 points to go with 11 rebounds.
As a unit, Iowa State 48 rebounds compared to the Braves 24.
Iowa State outlasted the Braves with a final score of 78-58 and improved to (7-2) on the season.
The Cyclones will be back in action on Saturday against Northern Iowa for a 3:30 pm tip-off in Des Moines, IA.