ISU freshmen Godfrey, Palo provide spark off bench


Forward Calvin Godfrey puts the ball up during the game against Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 15. Iowa State won with a score of 72-57.

Jake Lovett

Only twice this season has Calvin Godfrey reached the 10-point mark. He’s only crossed the 10-rebound plateau once.

He may not have done either Saturday, but the freshman from Robbinsdale, Minn. made the best of his 18 minutes off the bench in the Cyclones’ win against Baylor.

“Calvin brought great energy right away,” ISU coach Fred Hoiberg said, after the game. “I put him in there, and I told him that that was his job, to go out there and be a spark. And that’s exactly what he was.”

Godfrey sparked Iowa State off the bench early in the game, at one point scoring five consecutive points for the Cyclones in the first half. He ended the game with nine points, capped by a thunderous, one-handed dunk with 9:01 left in the second half that ignited the Hilton Coliseum crowd.

The 6-foot-8-inch freshman was constantly around the ball, both grabbing rebounds and hustling after loose balls. His seven rebounds – two of which came on the offensive glass – led the Cyclones, and he was able to stay out of foul trouble just one game after fouling out against No. 3 Kansas.

Godfrey is now averaging six points and six rebounds in the Cyclones’ four games played in the month of January.

“That’s a pretty productive night for anybody to play that amount of minutes and get those types of numbers,” Hoiberg said.

Godfrey wasn’t the only ISU freshman to make a difference off the bench Saturday.

Ames native Bubu Palo didn’t stuff the stat sheet like his teammate – only one assist and one steal in eight minutes – but his contributions in the first half made an impression on his coach.

“I thought Bubu’s help defense was phenomenal,” Hoiberg said. “I know Bubu’s going to follow the game plan and go in there and give us great energy on defense. He did that tonight.”

Palo, former high school teammate of North Carolina freshman Harrison Barnes, sparked a 12-4 first-half run for the Cyclones, and along with Godfrey, outpaced the Baylor bench as the only two ISU subs.

“He was in there when we made our run,” Hoiberg said. “He and Calvin were huge off the bench tonight.”