23 Iowa State pulls away from Missouri, 67-50 | NBA
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Izaiah Brockington scored 15 points and Tyrese Hunter added 14 as No. 23 Iowa State beat Missouri 67-50 on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Brockington converted all eight free throw attempts and made three 3-pointers for the Cyclones (16-5).
DaJuan Gordon led Missouri (8-12) with 15 points. Amari Davis scored 11.
“Izaiah is a guy who gets things done,” Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger said. “We’ve seen that from him all year. He is relentless. He brings a lot of energy and effort. And when you do that, things usually come and go your way.
Iowa State shot 58.3 percent in the second half and forced 18 turnovers from Missouri for the game. The Cyclones took control with a 15-0 run in the second half, creating a 49-34 advantage.
Brockington, Caleb Grill and Aljaz Kunc scored 3 consecutive points on the scoring streak, pulling Iowa State out of an early funk.
“On offense we were patient,” said Kunc, who finished with 11 points. “We were looking for a good shot and knocked down a few.”
Missouri missed 10 of its first 11 shots in the second half.
Missouri started Saturday shooting 27.2 percent from 3-point range but had three of its first six shots from behind the arc. Ronnie DeGray III hit the Tigers’ third 3-pointer, capping a 9-2 run that gave Missouri a 25-20 lead.
The Cyclones made just one of their first ten 3-point tries and shot 34% overall in the first half.
That didn’t stop Iowa State heading into halftime with an 8-0 run and a 32-29 lead.
“Our guys did a great job setting the tone when the ball came halfway up the pitch, disruptive right away,” Otzelberger said. “We communicated when we changed screens, to make sure we kept a body in front.”
Iowa State capped off a good week. The Cyclones lost five of seven games, before winning three days earlier at Oklahoma State (84-81 in overtime), ending a 24-game conference road losing streak. Missouri has now lost five of its last six games.
Iowa State hosts No. 5 Kansas on Tuesday, a rematch of a Jan. 11 contest won by the Jayhawks, 62-61. Missouri hosts Florida on Wednesday.
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