It was everything Iowa State fans expected to watch, and yet we still were amazed at how fluently the Cyclones ran their offense.
Iowa State scored 55 points in the first half and 60 more in the second to pour it on Viterbo, an NAIA school from Wisconsin that had no chance to compete in this game. It was a true exhibition by definition — an exhibition of the Cyclones’ ramped-up fast-paced tempo.
Instead of doing a true recap, we’ll focus more on general reaction from the Iowa State players as that’s more of the focus.
Bryce Dejean-Jones finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals. All three of those steals turned into fastbreak dunks. It was incredible to see how fast BDJ moved up the court and how great the ballhandling was.
Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forwardDaniel Edozie
(42) defends against North Carolina Tar Heels guardLeslie McDonald
(2) in the first half of a men
The starters were all nearly perfect. Monte Morris dished out five assists and grabbed six rebounds — perhaps the most surprising stat was seeing him with two turnovers. Naz Long drained 5 of 7 3-point attempts and Georges Niang was sharp, missing just one field goal. In fact, take out Dustin Hogue going just 3 for 8, and the starters collectively just missed five shots. They also all just played around 18 minutes each
Three backups that really caught my eye were Daniel Edozie, Clayton Custer, and Kourtlin Jackson. Edozie looked great. He played hard on both sides of the court and he clearly wants to prove that he deserves some playing time with the wealth of competition ahead of him. He finished with a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds).
Custer didn’t light up the box score going 2 for 6 from the field, but he had tremendous hustle all night long. He had four assists to one turnover, which was the same for Jackson. In fact, Jackson may have been the most impressive and surprising player. The walk-on finished with 10 points and six rebounds. On two back-to-back possessions, he cleaned up the board and put the ball back in, then stole the ball on the next possession and rammed it home.
Basically, any time that Iowa State forced a turnover (they had 15 steals as a team), it was a bucket. The Cyclones would be down the court in a flash and you’d see either a dunk, an alley-oop, or a wide-open layup. It was truly fascinating to watch.
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For how fast Iowa State played, and considering that this is their first game of the season, only turning it over 10 times is downright impressive. There was great ball movement all night long. Honestly, the only disappointment was Hogue because he missed five shots and four free throws, but that’s really nitpicking because there’s not many disappointments to find.
Other stats to note are Sherron Dorsey-Walker and Long leading the way with 17 points each (they combined for eight of the team’s 13 3-pointers) and the Cyclones shot 60.3 percent from the field (56.5 percent from downtown), reeled in 50 total rebounds (Viterbo had 24), and had 26 assists (Viterbo had 10).
Obviously, we all need to take an exhibition with a grain of salt, and these stats don’t carry over to the regular season, but it’s great to see this start. Iowa State will really get the season started next Friday when they take on Oakland University. Tip-off will be at 7:00 PM Central time and it will be televised on Cyclones.tv.