Iowa St. 89, Drake 74

Rahshon Clark had five 3-pointers and two dunks in scoring a career-high 26 points and Iowa State shot 57 percent in beating Drake 89-74 Monday night.

Rahshon Clark had five 3-pointers and two dunks in scoring a career-high 26 points and Iowa State shot 57 percent in beating Drake 89-74 Monday night.

Curtis Stinson added 20 points and Will Blalock 19 for Iowa State (5-2), which came back with a strong effort after a disappointing performance in an 84-77 loss to Fresno State on Saturday night.

Stinson and Blalock each handed out nine assists and often dribbled through Drake's press to set themselves or their teammates up for shots.

Ajay Calvin's 22 points led Drake, which hurt itself with 22 turnovers and shot 3-for-15 from 3-point range. Chaun Brooks, Drake's leading scorer with a 13.4 average, scored four points.

Clark's first shot hit the side of the backboard, but he was on the mark after that. The 6-foot-6 sophomore made his last seven shots, including four 3s, and finished 10-for-15 from the field. He also had seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks and went 5-for-6 on 3-pointers.

Things went so well for Clark that late in the game he banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key while being knocked to the floor by Drake's Al Stewart. Clark got up and sank the free throw to complete a four-point play, making it 87-67 with 2:01 left.

He also was involved in a couple highlight-type plays, taking a behind-the-back pass from Blalock and slamming the ball through with both hands, then dunking on a fast break on a feed from Stinson. Stinson also had a perfect lob to the 6-foot Blalock for a dunk late in the first half.

Iowa State led the rest of the way after Blalock hit three straight 3-pointers to put the Cyclones up 13-10. Clark's slam on the pass from Blalock punctuated an 8-0 run that made it 23-12, and two 3-pointers by John Neal helped Iowa State into a 43-35 halftime lead.

Drake got no closer than six points in the second half and Iowa State steadily pulled away. Clark's 3 from the top of the key and two straight baskets by Stinson, the first after Blalock's steal, stretched the lead to 63-49 and Drake never made a serious run at the Cyclones again.

 

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