Blalock Picks Up Slack for ISU

Playing without backcourt mate Curtis Stinson, sophomore guard Will Blalock took over the show with a team-high 24 points, helping the Cyclones to an 81-54 victory over the EA Sports All-Stars Monday night in Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa State was without the services of All-America candidate Curtis Stinson, who watched from the sideline with a shoulder injury. Blalock stepped up in Stinson's absence, dazzling the crowd with his no-look passes and nifty drives to the hoop. Blalock scored his 24 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the floor while tallying six assists, three steals and committing just two turnovers in the Cyclone victory.

"Will played fabulous tonight," ISU head coach Wayne Morgan said. "I really couldn't ask for more out of a point guard. Anytime a great player (Stinson) isn't playing, you have to band together to make up for him."

The Cyclones cruised to a 36-23 halftime lead but EA Sports cut the deficit to seven points at 47-40 with 13:13 left in the game. The Cyclones answered by putting the game away with a 9-0 run behind a Blalock trey and a tough reverse lay-up that ignited the crowd of 7,585. Senior Jared Homan aided the Cyclone effort with 17 points (7-12 FG), eight rebounds and five blocks while true freshman Tasheed Carr tallied 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Iowa State tested out its fullcourt press for the first time this season, forcing EA Sports to 26 turnovers. The Cyclones scored 23 points off turnovers, helping the home team to a 54.7 percent clip from the field. ISU held EA Sports to just 35.8 percent shooting from the floor.

"I am really pleased with how we played tonight," Morgan added. "We played hard, we played together and unselfishly. We showed improvement, especially among some of the younger players."

The Cyclones begin their regular season next Tuesday (Nov. 23) with an intrastate battle vs. Drake.

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