The Cyclones scored 41 points in the first half for the second straight game, but it was a completely different performance on the defensive end. Instead of giving up 39 points at half, they only gave up 14 points as the Bulldogs only made six shots and two free throws.
Melvin Ejim had a double-double in a dominant performance against Alabama A&M. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
On both sides of the ball, Iowa State was dominant. They hit 61.5 percent of their shots, over 50 percent from long range with 11-20 three pointers made, and dominated the boards by out-rebounding Alabama A&M 44-19. At one point, the Cyclones had at least 20 more rebounds than the Bulldogs in the first half.
Iowa State’s starters were much more focused in the start of this game. Will Clyburn had the majority of his 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the first half. Clyburn leads all starters in scoring so far with 31 points in the first two games.
Melvin Ejim had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Korie Lucious was much more efficient tonight hitting 4-8 shots including two three pointers. Tyrus McGee led all scoring with 18 points and also had three of the teams’ 11 steals.
Defensively, the team held Alabama A&M to just 26.9 percent shooting from the field. The Bulldogs only made 2-17 three-point shots and gave up the ball 17 times.
The bench was dominant once again tonight. ISU outscored Alabama A&M 37-17 and was led by Georges Niang and Percy Gibson again. Niang had 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Gibson had just five points but also had five rebounds.
Iowa State begins the Global Sports Classic at Hilton Coliseum this Sunday night. They host Campbell with tipoff set for 6:00 p.m. CT.
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