Cyclones drop home opener to Milwaukee


Iowa State junior Nick Weiler-Babb falls to the ground after being fouled on a drive to the hoop against Milwaukee.

Aaron Marner

Iowa State got run out of the gym against Milwaukee Monday night, losing by a final score of 74-56.

The game started off well for the Cyclones.

Iowa State (0-2, 0-0 Big 12) jumped out to an eight-point lead with 14:46 left in the first half, thanks to a strong shooting start and good defense.

That lead quickly evaporated.

Iowa State compiled 11 first-half turnovers, six of which were live-ball turnovers. That led to 13 Milwaukee (2-0, 0-0 Horizon) points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Milwaukee and Iowa State traded the lead five times in the first half, but the Panthers pulled ahead late in the frame. A three-pointer by Brock Stull with just three seconds left in the half gave the Panthers a 39-32 lead heading into the locker room.

In the second half, Milwaukee’s lead got extended as high as 13 points. Iowa State’s offense failed to get anything going.

Aside from a strong performance at the free throw line, the Cyclones couldn’t make anything work on offense.

Nick Weiler-Babb and Donovan Jackson were the primary point guards for the Cyclones, and they combined for nine turnovers and no assists.

The Panthers extended the lead throughout the second half and closed out the win.

The loss was Iowa State’s first in a home opener since 1997.