Men's Basketball Recaps: Dec. 10
Iowa 91, Southern 60
Iowa City, IA – The University of Iowa men's basketball overcame a sluggish start to cruise to a 91-60 victory over Southern University on Sunday afternoon on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Jaguars led by as many as six (23-17) 12 minutes into the first half as Iowa made just five of its first 16 attempts to start the game. The Hawkeyes closed out the half on a flurry, going on a 23-8 run over the final eight minutes to take a 41-31 halftime lead. Sophomore Maishe Daily hit two 3-pointers before assisting on a Nicholas Baer triple that gave Iowa a 26-25 lead.
Freshman Luka Garza then took over, scoring nine of 11 Hawkeye points, including a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left that gave Iowa a 38-31 lead.
"I tried to come off the bench and give energy," said Garza. "We switched the starting lineup up and that doesn't change my mentality. I came out with energy, trying to give us a boost. We came out a little flat, we couldn't get any separation. I tried to come out, get on the glass, give some energy and get us on a run. Our whole team did a good job of staying consistent and building on the lead."
Iowa forced a Southern turnover with 3.6 second remaining in the half before dialing up a buzzer beater to take a 10-point halftime lead. Freshman Connor McCaffery inbounded the ball to Dailey, who flipped the ball to Brady Ellingson in the corner for a 3-pointer to send the Hawkeyes to a 41-31 advantage.
Iowa State 78, Alcorn State 58
Ames, IA – Iowa State (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) won its seventh-consecutive game on Sunday with a 78-58 victory over Alcorn State (2-8, 0-0 SWAC) at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones out-scored the Braves 45-26 in the second half after holding a one-point halftime lead.
Senior Donovan Jackson set a new career high with seven made 3-pointers while pouring in a game-high 25 points. Freshman Lindell Wigginton followed with 16 points and five rebounds, while Cameron Lard put up 15 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
The Braves got out to a blistering start on offense, making five of their first six shots, including 4-of-4 from 3-point territory to establish an early 14-5 lead just five minutes into the game. Iowa State responded with a 9-0 run in 56 seconds, including back-to-back triples by Jackson to tie the game at 14-14. There were seven lead changes from that point forward in a back-and-forth first half. Iowa State shot just 11-of-30 from the field and 4-of-14 from beyond the arc, but held a 33-32 lead at halftime thanks to a thunderous Lard dunk in transition just before time expired.
Jackson led Iowa State with nine first-half points, while Lard stuffed the stat sheet with seven points and six rebounds in 11 minutes of action.
The Cyclones broke the game open early in the second half, outscoring the Alcorn State 20-5 after the intermission. Iowa State knocked down four of its first six 3-point attempts during the stretch, with two each by Jackson and Wigginton to take a 53-37 lead with 13:47 to play.
Alcorn State would cut the lead to nine at 61-52 with just under six minutes to play, but Jackson and fellow senior Hans Brase canned back-to-back triples and the Cyclones put together an 11-1 run to put the game away late.
Devon Brewton had 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Braves.
--Iowa State Athletics contributed to this report