1st Half Notes:
*I was a little surprised to see
*In the first 5 minutes of the game, the intensity isn't even close to the exhibitions. This looks like a different team. The bench is even more energetic.
*Taggart entered in the first five minutes. He looked extremely skinny and got extremely gassed. He then picked up a couple of buckets and really looked a lot better.
*In the first eight minutes,
*I've said it before and I'll keep
saying it. Rahshon Clark will go down as the most electric player in
*The offensive rebounding is the biggest improvement so far in the first half. It's a brand new dimension to this team that Cyclone fans didn't see at all during the exhibitions.
*This team just looks more confident when Taggart is on the floor. Everybody looks more confident. The more minutes he plays, the more confident Taggart is looking.
*I think it's going to be huge for
End of the First Half Notes:
Score: ISU- 52 Mountain State- 37
*Shawn Taggart is no Jared Homan yet, but he does bring some things to the table that Homan didn't. For instance, this kid runs like a guard. Stinson has 20 points at halftime. His career high is 32. Looks like it could be a career night for Curtis. The most impressive thing about Stinson's first half is that he has ZERO turnovers and four assists. This is the 18th time Curtis has scored 20 points in a game. This team looked like a top 25 team in the first half and fans should be very happy so far.
Second Half Notes:
*Curtis Stinson is a man amongst boys out here. I'm extremely impressed with the way he is passing the ball tonight.
*If there was a "Mr. Hustle" award for the first three games, Tasheed Carr would have to win it.
*The one thing that keeps bothering me tonight is the fact that the Cyclones aren't doing a great job of blocking out on either side of the ball. I'm sure that will be addressed in the days to come.
*Curtis Stinson just got his career high, 33 points and the place is going crazy.
*With 3:21 left,
*Curtis Stinson scored 35 points. This is the 40th time in Cyclone history that a Cyclone has scored 35 points or more. That is the most points scored by a Cyclone since Fizer on March 10, of 2000. Fizer had 38 against Baylor.
*This crows is now excited about basketball. They should be because this team is extremely fun to watch and with the development of Hubalek and Taggart, can go very far.
Stinson- 35 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 turnovers
Blalock- 13 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 turnover
Taggart- 16 points, 5 rebounds,
Hubalek- 11 points, 10 rebounds
Carr- 8 points