Cyclones defeat Hawkeyes in wire-to-wire battle


Redshirt junior Guard Nick Weiler-Babb hits a shot during the Iowa vs Iowa State game Dec. 7 in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State defeated the Hawks 84-78.

Aaron Marner

Thursday’s Cy-Hawk matchup between Iowa State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) and Iowa (4-6, 0-2 Big Ten) was the most hyped non-conference game at Hilton Coliseum this season, and it didn’t disappoint.

In a back-and-forth contest, Iowa State won, 84-78.

The first half featured 12 lead changes. It ended with Iowa heading to the locker room holding a 41-36 lead.

Lindell Wigginton led the way for the Cyclones in the first 20 minutes. He had 10 points (4-for-7 shooting), two rebounds and two assists.

Iowa outrebounded Iowa State 28-18 in the first half, including an 11-4 advantage on the offensive glass.

In the second half, the freshmen — Cameron Lard, Terrence Lewis and Wigginton — pushed the Cyclones over the edge. They combined for 20 of Iowa State’s first 30 points of the second half, giving Iowa State a 66-63 lead with 7:08 to play.

The Cyclones pulled away in the final minutes, giving Steve Prohm’s squad its sixth straight win.

Wigginton finished with 24 points. Nick Weiler-Babb contributed 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.