MEN’S BASKETBALL: Cyclones crush SIU-Edwardsville

Matt Gubbels

The ISU men’s basketball team shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field and defeated SIU-Edwardsville 91-55 Saturday.

The Cyclones (10-4) were led by freshman Justin Hamilton’s career-high 16 points. He was joined in double figures by senior Bryan Petersen with 13 points and sophomore Diante Garrett, who had 12 points and eight assists.

Petersen and sophomore Lucca Staiger each hit three of Iowa State’s 10 3-pointers on the evening, as they shot 10 of 20 from beyond the arc. All 13 Cyclones that played scored in the game.

SIUE did take a 8-2 lead to open the game but the Cyclones responded by scoring 17 of the next 20 points. Iowa State had another 7-0 run later in the half and went into the break up 41-25 behind 64 percent shooting.

The Cyclones scored 13 of the first 17 points of the second half and went on a 8-0 run just minutes later to take their biggest lead of the game at 39.

Iowa State also did all of this with its leading scorer, Craig Brackins, only scoring four points in 21 minutes.

The Cyclones play Houston Baptist at home Tuesday to close out the non-conference portion of their schedule before taking on No. 8 Texas in Austin Saturday to open Big 12 play.