Iowa State offense fires off against Texas Christian


Redshirt junior Jameel McKay tosses the ball to the basket during the game against No. 15 Oklahoma at Hilton Coliseum on March 2. The No. 17 Cyclones defeated the Sooners 77-70 after a rocky 18-point first half. McKay had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa State.

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On March 7 against Texas Christian, Iowa State could do little wrong offensively — once the second half began.

Iowa State struggled to score in the first 20 minutes, putting up only 26. In the second half, however, everything started clicking. The Cyclones ended up scoring 63 in the second stanza, more than three points per minute, and they did it from everywhere.

“Getting to the free-throw line 28 times was very important,” said ISU coach Fred Hoiberg.

Shooting 56.6 percent from the field, including 9-of-14 from long range, were also crucial factors that helped Iowa State exceed its scoring average of 79 — already the 10th best mark in the nation — by a full 10 points.

The scoring was spread across the lineup as four Cyclones finished with double figures, the ISU bench combined to put up 23 points and every Cyclone who saw action scored at least three points.

An ISU offense that has been balanced and efficient in its last two games, particularly in the second half of each of the last two contests, appears to be in top form heading into the Big 12 tournament, which begins March 12 for Iowa State.

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