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College Basketball: Iowa State Cyclones dominate Iowa Hawkeyes, 90-65

AMES – Iowa State (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) played its best game of the season on Thursday night, thrashing Iowa (5-4, 0-1 Big Ten) 90-65 as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.

AMES – Iowa State (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) played its best game of the season on Thursday night, thrashing Iowa (5-4, 0-1 Big Ten) 90-65 as part of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa leads the yearly Cy-Hawk competition 9-8 after the ISU win with four more events to go (swimming & diving, gymnastics, tennis and softball).

Off the tip, Iowa State was locked in, blitzing the Hawkeyes early and punishing them in the paint. The Cyclones never looked back, controlling the flow of the game throughout and at one point holding a 32-point lead. 

ISU earned its 600th win in Hilton Coliseum on the night as head coach T.J. Otzelberger earned his second win in the Cy-Hawk series, moving to 2-1 all-time against Iowa. The 25-point win is the largest by the Cyclones over Iowa in series history. The previous high – 20 – was set in 2021, the last time the two teams met in Hilton. Over the past two Cy-Hawk games in Hilton, ISU’s average margin of victory is 22.5.  

Iowa State’s 90 points against the Hawkeyes is the most since the team dropped 90 in Iowa City back in 2014. 

Keshon Gilbert was the star of the show tonight, as the junior out of St. Louis tied his career high with 25 points, going 3-3 from deep and dishing six assists. Tre King and Robert Jones also feasted on the evening, as the pair of Cyclone big men went to work in the paint, combining to score 35 points (King with 17, Jones with 18). Tamin Lipsey chipped in 11 points with a team-high seven rebounds and six assists. 

Iowa’s leading scorer, Ben Krikke, was held in check by Iowa State as he produced just eight points. Payton Sandfort had 14 – all in the first half – going 4-9 from deep while Dasonte Bowen went for 13 points as he was perfect from the line (7-7). Hawkeye freshman Owen Freeman chipped in 11 points to pair with a team-high eight rebounds. 

The Cyclones struck first, establishing the paint game early through King for the game’s first basket. Iowa countered with a Tony Perkins triple off an offensive rebound to give Iowa the one-point advantage. ISU struck back with a Jones paint finish to retake the lead and never looked back as they held control for the remainder of the evening. 

The first half was the most complete 20 minutes of basketball the Cyclones have played all season, as they forced the usually sure handed Hawkeyes into 12 turnovers which resulted in 15 points. ISU shot 55% from the field and outscored Iowa 30-2 in the paint. 

Both King (13) and Jones (10) were the lone Cyclones in double figures at the break. ISU held Iowa to just 35% from the field, though the Hawkeyes did shoot 40% from deep. Through the paint dominance and opportunistic defense, Iowa State was able to take an 18-point lead into the half.  

The second half saw much of the same from the Cyclones; continued pounding in the paint. This time though, it was Gilbert who did the damage for the Cyclones. He had 18 points in the second half, going 6-8 at the free throw line and canning a pair of triples. He also made the play of the game, as a Lipsey tip ahead on a fast break was capped off with Gilbert’s marksmanship to put the Cyclones up by 27 with 16:28 to go in the half.  

Iowa was able to cut the lead to 20, forcing an Iowa State timeout, but the Cyclones regrouped and were able to string together stops and scores and push the lead to as high as 32 in the second stanza. Jones brought the crowd to its loudest as he snuck baseline on an out-of-bounds play for a massive slam to punctuate the evening for the Cyclones. 

Iowa’s Bowen scored all 13 of his points in the second half, while Freeman also poured in all 11 of his points in the second stanza. Iowa was held to 18.2% shooting from deep in the second half, as Sandfort went cold and Iowa State capitalized, eventually going on to win by a school record 25 points. 

Top Performers 

Gilbert continued his solid play for the Cyclones, dropping a game-high 25 points and controlling the pace of the game throughout. Gilbert was able to weave his way into the paint at will tonight, providing multiple acrobatic finishes and some serious dimes as the defense collapsed on him. 

Notes 

Tre King surpassed 1,200 career points and now sits at 1,211. 

Jackson Paveletzke made his 50th career 3-pointer today. He had a season-high five rebounds. His five rebounds put him over 100 for his career. Pav surpassed 1,200 minutes played. 

Tamin Lipsey broke the century mark, recording his 100th career steal and also surpassed 200 career assists. 

Demarion Watson surpassed 400 minutes played today. 

Keshon Gilbert tied his career-best with 25 points today, his most in a Cyclone uniform. 

What’s Next 

After beating Iowa in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, Iowa State will be back in action this Sunday, Dec. 10 when it hosts Prairie View A&M for the second of five straight home games. Sunday’s game is scheduled to tip off at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN+. Iowa next faces Michigan.

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