Portland State Preview

Iowa State looks to go 2-0 tonight as they kick off the Cyclone Challenge against Portland State. Portland State is currently 1-1 on the season as they are coming off of a win against Bethune-Cookman.

The Portland State Vikings (1-1) are rolling into Ames tonight to take on the undefeated Iowa State Cyclones. Portland State is heading into the Cyclone Challenge fresh off of a win over Bethune-Cookman by a score of 79-62. The Vikings lost their opener to Arkansas by a score of 69-107.


The Vikings are led by Jake Schroeder who is currently averaging 20 points a game and almost five rebounds per game. Schroeder is a 6'2, 180 pound guard that is vital in not only production but senior leadership for the Vikings. Schroeder is an excellent three point shooter as he knocked down 53 three pointers in only 23 games before his junior season was shortened to an injury.


Schroeder is partnered by the teams starting center, Anthony Washington who is also averaging 19 points a game, so there is definitely a dual scoring threat when it comes to Portland State. This is Washington's first season at Portland State as he played his first two season's at the University of Washington. Washington is a 6'9, 245 pound center that the Vikings will look to a lot against the unproven Iowa State frontcourt.


Tyler Hollist and Scott Morrison are two other major contributors for the Vikings. Hollist is averaging 10.5 points a game. Hollist is a 6'7 forward Morrison is averaging 9 points a game and is also grabbing 7.5 rebounds per contest. Morrison is a 6'11 sophomore who was one of the best freshmen in the Big Sky Conference last season. He'll be another bright spot down low for the Vikings.


The Cyclones are heading into the contest riding high after an exciting opening win against Mountain State last Sunday night. Curtis Stinson dropped 35 points in the win and was very impressive in doing so.


Cyclone fans will be interested in watching freshman center, Shawn Taggart as he scored 16 points in his debut, ranking himself 5th all-time for freshman scoring debuts in Cyclone history. Taggart is in good company on that list joining: Ron Harris, Curtis Stinson, Jeff Grayer and Gary Thompson.




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