Barnes impresses with turnover stats

Zac Reicks

For a point guard, one turnover a game is good.

For ISU point guard Tim Barnes, one turnover so far this season is incredible.

Barnes had six assists against one turnover and added 13 points on 6-12 shooting in helping lead the Iowa State men’s basketball team to a 85-63 win over Jackson State University.

Shooting guard Jake Sullivan added 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the two Cyclone guards were instrumental in keeping Iowa State undefeated.

“Jake Sullivan was very impressive and in spurts; so was Tim Barnes,” ISU head coach Larry Eustachy said. “Sullivan had great intensity from start to finish and really defended well.”

Only 43 seconds into the game, Barnes sent an errant lob pass over Jackson Vroman’s head out of bounds, ending his season of turnover-free play.

But the slender 6-foot guard’s play was solid the rest of the game, as timely passes and drives to the rim helped spark an otherwise stagnant offense.

“This has never really happened to me — it’s a total shock,” Barnes said about his run without a turnover. “I give a lot of credit to my teammates and coaches for pushing me so hard in practice.”

“Barnes is a good guard and good guards don’t turn the ball over for a series of games,” Eustachy said. “He needs to play harder and put more of a premium on defending, but he is coming along well.”

Sullivan was his usual steady self, as along with his all-around effort he sank three trifectas and helped contribute to a total team effort.

“We bring in seven guys that can score, and that helps me a lot,” Sullivan said. “Our post guys are passing the ball well this year and that gets everyone into the flow.”

With the first half winding down, Barnes drove the lane and drew a double-team that left Sullivan wide open on the right wing. Sullivan hit the three to stretch Iowa State’s lead to 45-27 and they were never threatened after that.

“[Tim’s] playing great and doing a good job for me,” Sullivan said. “He is the main reason we are 3-0.”

The play of Iowa State’s two guards has helped the two to become better as well as to help their teammates.

“Everyone can tell that when [Sullivan] or [Barnes] are penetrating, there is always an open guy,” freshman forward Adam Haluska said. “We move the offense well and it’s great to have those two guys in the backcourt.”