AMES, Iowa — Nebraska transfer Michael Jacobson led four players in double digits with 17 points, fellow transfer Marial Shayok had 14 and Iowa State rolled past Alabama State 79-53 on Tuesday night.
Lindell Wigginton chipped in with 13 for the Cyclones (1-0), who’ll get their first major test on Friday when Missouri, their old Big 12 rivals, visit Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State sophomore forward Cam Lard was on the bench but not in uniform after spending much of the summer at a wellness centre following some legal issues. Lard averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a game in 2017-18.
As for the game itself, Shayok scored eight points in the opening 2:10 to help the Cyclones take an early double-digit lead it never came close to relinquishing.
Iowa State struggled at times from there as it worked freshmen Talen Horton-Tucker, Tyrese Haliburton, George Conditt IV and Zion Griffin into the rotation for the first time. But a lineup featuring Haliburton, Lewis and Griffin sparked a late 19-5 run, with Haliburton canning a 3 to make it 65-41 with just over six minutes left.
Haliburton scored 12 points in 29 minutes.
Reginald Gee had 15 points to lead Alabama State (0-1).
THE BIG PICTURE
Iowa State: Horton-Tucker started, but he got off to a very sluggish start in his debut. He missed six of his first seven shots — including four 3s — and finished 3-of-12 shooting for six points. Shayok, on the other hand, looked like the perimeter threat the Cyclones had been searching for.
Alabama State: The Cyclones will likely prove to be the toughest team the Hornets, coming off back-to-back 8-23 seasons, will play all year. At least they got it out of the way as soon as possible.
Iowa State hosts the Tigers on Nov. 9.
Alabama State plays at South Dakota State on Thursday.