Cyclones Defeat Wayne State 55-41

It took about 25 minutes for the Iowa State to put it away, but Greg McDermott and the new look Cyclones completed their exhibition season undefeated on Monday night as the Cyclones beat the Wayne State Panthers by a score of 54-41.

The Cyclones and Wayne State have a bit of a history being that the Panthers are McDermott's former team, where he coached for six seasons.


"I was happy to give Wayne State the opportunity to come and play here," McDermott told reporters after the game.


One of the reasons that playing in Hilton so special for Wayne State is the fact that there are 10 Iowa natives on the Panther roster.

The Cyclones, like last Friday were led by junior Rahshon Clark recorded a double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds). Though it appears Clark's game is finally molding into the McDermott system, Clark made it clear that his team has a long ways to go.


"It's going to take a while before we reach the potential that we have," Clark said after the game. "We just need to work harder and get better at things."


Defense was the key word in Monday night's game as neither team shot over 32% from the field (Iowa State 31.6 Wayne State 27.3). Some call that quality defense; others call it lack of offense. According to Clark, the team isn't too worried about the status of the offense at this time.  


"In order for us to win games, we have to stop people on defense. The main thing we need to work on is our defense, and our offense will come along," Clark said.


Clark isn't alone in saying that that Cyclones need to see some vast improvement before the season starts on Monday.


"We have to be pretty perfect. Our margin for errors is pretty small," McDermott said. "There are going to be nights when freshmen are going to be freshmen."


McDermott also said that his team's shooting will improve.


"We are a better shooting team than we have shown so far," McDermott said.


The scoring efforts were spread out for the Cyclones as the second highest scorer on the team was Jiri Hubalek had 10 on the night. Hubalek will miss the first six games of the season for the Cyclones.


Though Iowa State will be losing one of their best inside threats, they should be picking up a player in Michael Taylor who has been suspended indefinitely due to academics.


"There is a chance that Michael Taylor will play Friday night. However, it's up to him. He has done what we told him he needed to do in the classroom. He can help out our depth at the point guard position," McDermott said.


The Cyclones are set to face UC-Riverside on Friday night tipping off at 8 P.M. in Hilton Coliseum.


Attendance for tonight's game was reportedly 12,982.





  • Freshman Cory Johnson had seven points and seven rebounds.


  • Walk-on Brock Jacobson had eight points as he went 2-3 from 3-point range.


  • Rahshon Clark led Iowa State in all three major stat categories with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.


  • Iowa State out-rebounded Wayne State 43 to 35.


  • Iowa State scored 15 second chance points, compared to Wayne State's zero.


  • Iowa State scored 19 points off of turnovers compared to Wayne State's zero.


  • Jessan Gray got in Monday night's game after suffering from a broken wrist a few weeks back.






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