Monté Morris took the dribble handoff at the right wing from Sherron Dorsey-Walker and pulled up for the three-pointer, absorbing mid-air contact from the Islanders' Hameed Ali.
A whistle chirped and Morris hit the deck, then looked to his left and watched the ball drop from the net. And-one. A primal scream followed. It was that kind of night for the Cyclones, everything going their way in a 80-50 rout of Texas A&M Corpus Christi to set up a huge Sunday tilt against No. 7 Michigan.
On his next possession, Morris drained a three from the right corner, giving him seven points in 52 seconds. The true freshman point guard finished with 11 points, six rebonds and three assists.
The Cyclones had five players in double-digits for the second consecutive game.
"I like to see that balance," head coach Fred Hoiberg said. "It's good to see all those guys involved."
DeAndre Kane led the Cyclones in scoring with 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.
The Islanders (1-1) were limited to 28.6 percent on 18-for-63 shooting. Last season, the Cyclones were 9-1 when holding an opponent to 30 percent or worse.
It did seem coach Fred Hoiberg wanted to keep Gibson's confidence up, calling a pick-and-roll for him on his first offensive series. Gibson set the screen and slipped to the basket, nearly finishing a contested layup. He hit the following free throws.
Gibson also turned the ball over twice.
"I thought Dustin was terrific tonight. I look at the box score and see he only had eight rebounds I thought he had about 20. He was a monster. He was in the gym a good hour yesterday after practice working on his shot and trying to find his rhythm. It's great to see when that pays off at the end of the day."
"Definitely something new. I've been working on my jump shot a lot. To come out and hit shots behind the arc it felt good.
I always thought of my self as a hyper guy so I try to bring that to the basketball court a little bit. … I'm cool with that role every night."
"We try to push the ball so it's tough when we're playing defense for 30, 35 seconds. They ran their stuff really well so then you just try to push the ball and get them out of their game."