Izaiah Brockington scored 20 points and 13 boards, Tristan Enaruna chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds, as No. 9 Iowa State destroyed Chicago State 79-48 on Tuesday night in Ames.
The Cyclones used a 16 point run in the first half to pull away and never looked back. They led 34-23 at halftime, came out in second half with a 8-3 run leading to a time out, followed by an 11-0 run that led to the final score.
Iowa State (12-0) came into the contest limiting opponents to 56.8 points per game, 12th in the nation. They have now held nine teams to 60 or fewer points this season.
Jahsean Corbett put up 14 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago State (4-8). The Cougars shot just 28 percent from the floor, including 2 for 20 from downtown.
The Cyclones, which shot 48% and owned the glass with a 41-31 rebounding edge, was never a threat by Chicago State, building a 64-33 lead with less than 8 minutes to play in the game.
Iowa State controlled the game early, hitting eight of their first 10 shots and using a 16-0 run to build a 20-4 lead. A long three from Caleb Grill capped off the scoring spree and made the score 15-4.
The Cougars made just 2 of its first 13 shots and at one point were 4 of 19 from the hardwood.
First-year coach T.J. Otzelberger brought in six transfers and point guard Tyrese Hunter to immediately reshape the lineup and hopefully make a NCAA Tournament appearance which deemed unthinkable a few months ago.
The Cyclones’ will play a very tough Big 12 schedule. After the Bears, Iowa State’s schedule includes games vs. No. 25 Texas Tech; at Oklahoma; at No. 7 Kansas; vs. No. 17 Texas and then a return trip to Lubbock to play the Red Raiders.
Iowa State’s success going forward will depend on the next four games on their schedule. If they meet the challenge, they will be dancing in March.
Chicago State plays at nearby Drake on Wednesday. The game was originally supposed to take place Sunday but was postponed due to health and safety concerns within the Chicago State program.
Iowa State plays Baylor on Jan. 1