The Cyclones sent A&M off to the SEC with a dominating 23-point win and it wasn’t even that close. Iowa State played great basketball out of halftime and were once up 33 points. Chris Allen continued his roll, having another great game and led the Clones in scoring. This is the Chris Allen that all of us were expecting earlier in the season.
I’m not going to heavily break down the game as the Cyclones were ahead by a lot for most of the game. It was almost boring. Chris Allen scored 25 points and was 5 for 9 from distance. A lot of the success Chris Allen is having is because of the fact that he doesn’t have to handle the ball as much. With Royce White able to take it down the court, Chris Allen is able to come off screens and get open. Also, Royce White’s passing is giving Allen great shots.
Speaking of White, I predicted that he would have a triple-double this game. Royce White got close; he had 10 boards, 7 assists, and 5 points. White may have been able to get the triple-double, but the starters were pulled late in the game (White played 27 minutes). The unselfishness of Royce White is a large reason the Cyclones are rolling in Big 12 play.
Besides White and Allen, Scott Christopherson had 10 points including a pair of 3-pointers. If you didn’t watch the game and looked at the box score, you would notice that Chris Babb only had 2 points. Don’t let that fool you, Babb’s defense is another reason for ISU’s success. Overall, the Cyclones as a whole played great defense. A&M only shot 36.2% from the floor. Only one Aggie scored in double-digits (David Loubeau with 10).
Coming into the game, I was a little nervous that the Clones were going to overlook the Aggies. That was not the case today. Iowa State now is tied for 3rd place in the Big 12 with the team they play on Monday; Baylor.
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