Iowa State vs. Tennessee State
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Hilton Coliseum (14,092)
Ames, Iowa- 7 p.m.
Cyclone Televsion Network (Dave Armstrong/Paul Splittorff)
Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters/Eric Heft)
Television: The Iowa State-Tennessee State game will be televised by ESPN Regional...Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (color) will call the action...the game will be shown on the following stations: WOI (Des Moines), KCRG (Cedar Rapids), KWKB (Cedar Rapids), KYOU (Ottumwa), Cox (Omaha), Lakes Cable, Premier Communication, Siebring, Cable One (Sioux City), Mediacom, Clear Lakes (Rochester/Mason City).
Last Time Out: Iowa State won its sixth non-hosted regular-season tournament championship in school history last week, defeating South Florida (83-74), Northwestern State (81-77, 2ot) and Colorado State (87-80) en route to the Outriggers Hotel Rainbow Classic title in Honolulu, Hawaii...to say the tournament title victory was a group effort would be an understatement, as the Cyclones received outstanding performances from their marquee players and a number of role players...in the South Florida game, John Neal came off the bench to hit three clutch 3-pointers in the first half to help ISU recover from an early 12-point deficit...Jessan Gray, who has been hampered by a thumb injury, chipped in with his first career 3-pointer and registered two key blocks late in the game...in the Northwestern State victory, Tasheed Carr came off the bench to score 13 points and grab a career-high nine boards...true freshman Ross Marsden, who attempted just three shots in the game, hit the biggest shot of his career, drilling a 15-foot jumper with :09 remaining as the shot clock was expiring that gave ISU a four-point lead...Jiri Hubalek continued to make incredible strides in his first season with the Cyclones...his career-high 15 points in the championship game against Colorado State was one of six players to reach double figures...Hubalek averaged 12.0 points in the three Rainbow Classic games...despite the heroics of its role players, ISU's seasoned veterans were at the top of their game as well...Will Blalock was named MVP of the tournament by averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists in three games...Blalock registered his third double-digit assist total of the season while recording a double-double against South Florida with 16 points and 10 dimes...he scored a season-high 22 points the next night vs. Northwestern State...Curtis Stinson was also named to the all-tournament team, averaging 19.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.