"I'm just encouraged with the early part of the season. I think our guys have done great jobs"
No. 17 Iowa State moved to 6-0 on the young season with a 99-70 win over Auburn (4-2) on Monday night. Here's a sampling of quotes after the game.
"I'm just encouraged with the early part of the season. I think our guys have done great jobs, got a lot of new faces and great players we've got to replace. … They're going out there and playing very unselfishly."
"[Dustin Hogue, who had 22 points and 16 rebounds] is He's such a good attack player they're gonna stay off him a little bit. That's what allows him to rise up and shoot. When he does that he's a rhythm guy.
"He has such a good basketball IQ. Knows when to spread the floor and is a very good passer."
"[Auburn] was a good team for us to play because they run multiple defenses."
"The ball just kept bouncing my way. It seemed everywhere I was it seemed the ball was bouncing my way."
"I'm expanding on my outside shot and working harder. I've always focused more on playing hard and I think if I bring more energy into every game I'll get results."
"[Dustin's] a beast. Today's a perfect example of what Dustin does."
"At the beginning of the game we were taking quick threes in transition and we started settling down. ... Those are shots we're confident we can make but early in the beginning they weren't dropping."
"The good thing about our team is we have tons of room to grow."
Auburn head coach Tony Barbee
"What it came down to was that they out-toughed us. That's the bottom line."
DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang combined to score just 12 points but the Cyclones still managed 99 points, one game after scoring 110.
A stat line exceeding 22 points, 16 rebounds had been achieved nine times in college basketball season entering tonight (the line Hogue accomplished).
Iowa State had each of its scholarship players off the bench by the three-minute mark and got walk-on Tyler Ellerman in for the second consecutive game.
Hogue is the first Cyclone with a 20-15 game since Melvin Ejim last season.
Naz Long scored in the double digits for the third time and has hit a three-point shot in all six games.
Monté Morris reached a career high with nine assists.
Matt Thomas hit a career-high four three-pointers and scored in double figures for the fifth time.
Percy Gibson scored four points in four minutes.
Sherron Dorsey-Walker earned praise from Hoiberg for his recent play in practice and had two steals in 17 minutes, to go with two turnovers.