Clark Hits Winning Shot in Cyclone Victory

Friday night marked the beginning of a new era in Cyclone basketball, and the energized Hilton Coliseum crowd wasn't disappointed with the 58-57 win that they saw under the guidance of new Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott against the EA Sports All-Stars.

The ending of Friday night's game against the EA Sports All-Stars couldn't have been more perfect. With 21 seconds to go, the ball was put in the hands of Rahshon Clark.


"It couldn't have happened any better for us," said McDermott after the game. "You can't simulate that in practice."


Clark, one of the lone survivors left from the Wayne Morgan era stepped up with the opportunity.  Clark not only hit a game winning 3-pointer, but he showed in fact why he is the leader of this young Cyclone team.


"I knew it was going to go in once it left my hand," Clark told the media after the game.


Clark nearly had a double-double on the night with 11 points and nine rebounds.


The Cyclones came out of the gate refreshed with a total of three newcomers in the starting lineup (Dodie Dunson, Corey McIntosh, and Wesley Johnson).


The three newcomers all had relatively solid games for their first times in Cyclone uniforms. Dunson, tied with Jiri Hubalek, led the Cyclones in scoring with 14 points, nine of those coming in the first half.


McIntosh did exactly what he was brought here to do, be a floor general. The junior did have a disappointing night from a turnover standpoint committing 7 in the game, but he hit a big three late in the game that kept Iowa State in contention and according to McDermott, played some good defense.


"Defensively he was solid," McDermott said.


Wesley Johnson proved that he's not shy while holding onto the basketball. Johnson put up 11 shots scoring 10 on the night. He also added 8 rebounds to the stat sheet. Johnson said after the game that he had a little bit of extra motivation.


"I heard that they lost last year (to EA Sports) but this was my first college basketball game and I wanted to win," Johnson said. "I loved it."


Iowa State attempted 27 3-pointers during the game, something McDermott wasn't pleased about afterwards.


"That's too many," McDermott said.


McDermott was obviously happy with the victory, but he said in general, his team is thinking way too much on the court.


"But that's part of the learning process," McDermott said.


McDermott also pointed out to the media that this was his first win ever in Hilton.


"I didn't know what it was like to win in this building," McDermott said.


Iowa State will face Wayne State in an exhibition game next Monday at 7 p.m. Junior guard Michael Taylor will not play.







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