AMES, Iowa – Iowa State used a blistering shooting night, hitting 19 of its final 28 shots, to pull away from the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team in an 80-50 win Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum. Jeff Beverly had a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss for the Islanders.
The Cyclones shot 65.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc in the second half, as they turned a seven-point advantage late in the first half into a 27-point lead with a 26-6 run around halftime. ISU went 11-for-13 from the field in that stretch, while the Islanders were just 3-for-16 in that same timeframe.
Iowa State placed five players in double figures, led by 15 from DeAndre Kane. John Jordan posted 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in a losing effort for the Islanders.
Early on, the two teams traded blows, with ISU holding an early 8-5 lead. But two free throws and then a three-ball by Matt Thomas pushed the home squad's advantage to eight at 13-5. Another Thomas three made it a nine-point advantage after a pair of Zane Knowles free throws, and the Cyclones held a 16-7 edge.
But four straight points in transition for A&M-Corpus Christi – two by Jake Kocher and two by Jordan – got it back to a five-point game, and the Islanders were able to get it back to four at 20-16 following a three by Brandon Pye.
But the Islanders went cold after that, and the Cyclones were able to put together a 6-0 run to push the lead to 10. The two teams went basket-for-basket over the next several minutes, with a Cole Martinez three cutting it to 31-24 at the 2:43 mark. ISU finished the half on a 6-0 run, however, with a three from Thomas with less than 10 seconds left giving the Cyclones a 13-point lead at the break.
Out of halftime, the Islanders were able to cut it to 11 on a Hameed Ali jumper to make it 39-28 at the 16:47 mark, but Kane followed with a three at the other end to springboard the Cyclones on an 11-0 run for a game-high 22-point lead at the 14:37 mark.
A&M-Corpus Christi got a basket inside from Knowles to put it back to 20, but the team's shooting woes continued on the other side. ISU, meanwhile, remained red hot, and pushed the lead to as much as 31. At one point, the Cyclones were 11-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc in the second half. From there, the Cyclones were able to close out the game.
The Islanders now return to the Coastal Bend for the round-robin portion of the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina Islanders Basketball Tournament. A&M-Corpus Christi will face IPFW on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 5:30 and Texas-Pan American on Sunday at 3:30.
Tickets for the tournament start at $20 for the three-day event. Call 825-BALL (2255) or visit GoIslanders.com to purchase your tickets today.