Cyclones pull away from Illinois

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Michael Jacobson added 23 points and Iowa State ran away from Illinois in the second half for an 84-68 victory Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

Down to eight scholarship players due to injuries and suspensions, Iowa State (4-1) bounced back from an opening loss here to Arizona with a strong game at both ends.

The Cyclones used their pressure defense to keep it close in the first half, then went on an 18-2 run early in the second to build a nine-point lead. Iowa State kept boosting the lead from there, making 16 of 28 shots to earn a spot in Wednesday’s fifth-place game against San Diego State.

Trent Frazier had 15 points to lead Illinois (1-3), which will face Xavier in the seventh-place game.

At the half, Iowa State trailed Illinois by a score of 39-34. The difference in the first-half score was behind the arc. The Cyclones only connected on 3 of 13 attempts from downtown while the Illini splashed 7 of 13 tries.

While Iowa State struggled to find its rhythm offensively early, Michael Jacobson kept the scoring going. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the first half, scoring 10 first-half points.

The Cyclones started the second half on an 18-2 run, jumping out to a 52-43 lead despite Marial Shayok picking up his fourth foul. During that stretch, Iowa State was 6 of 10 from the field, including 2-for-3 from deep. The ISU defense ousted the Illinois offensive attack, holding them to just 2 of 13 shooting to begin the half.

Iowa State continued to build on its second-half lead with efficient offense and stifling defense. In the second half, Illinois shot just 11 of 34 from the field.

Iowa State made 16 of its 28 attempts from the floor in the second half, and 13 of 15 free throws.

Jacobson’s point total was a career high. He also brought down eight rebounds.

This was Horton-Tucker’s first double-double. He dished out six assists and blocked three shots.

Shayok played in limited minutes but made the most of his time on the court. He poured in 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds.