Cyclones Improve in 68-40 Win over ULM

After a sloppy win over UC Riverside in the first round of the Cyclone Challenge, Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott said that he wasn't pleased with how his team got the win. That wasn't the case on Saturday as the Cyclones man handled the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks by a score of 68-40.

After the first two games of Iowa State's young basketball season, it's obvious what this team's strength is going to be: Defense.


"We defended for 40 minutes tonight," said Greg McDermott after the game. "They just didn't have many open looks at the basket."


Along with holding the Warhawks to 27% shooting on the game, the Cyclones out-rebounded their opponent 48 to 27.


"Defense and rebounding is going to give us a chance," McDermott said.


McDermott was vocal about how disappointed he was in his team after last night's ugly win against UC Riverside. Tonight however, the word McDermott used was "proud."


"I'm really proud of our guys," McDermott said. "I was really hard on them last night after that game."


So what did McDermott do to teach his team after last night's game? He took 45 minutes out of the day and actually showed his players what they were doing wrong by watching themselves on tape. Obviously, it worked.


"We had to come out with more energy and intensity," said Wesley Johnson after the game. "We took away the middle."


Not only did the Iowa State take away the middle from Louisiana Monroe, they figured out how to score in the middle as well as the Cyclones outscored the Warhawks in the paint 30 to 16.


"We're moving in the right direction. We're learning how we can score down there," McDermott said.


Positives from Saturday


The Cyclones Found a Scorer


Leading the Cyclones in scoring for the second night in a row was junior guard Mike Taylor, who had 15 points and six rebounds on the night. Joining Taylor was freshman forward Wesley Johnson, who had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.


Rahshon – The Intangibles Man


Iowa State proved tonight that they can win without Rahshon Clark scoring a ton of points. Tonight, Clark scored only four points but had eight rebounds and did the little things to help his team win.


Jessan Gray Can Only Get Better


How's this for a stat line: In only 12 minutes of play, Iowa State forward Jessan Gray scored nine points and had three rebounds. With those stats, why is gray only playing 12 minutes especially when Jiri Hubalek is out due to a suspension?


Greg McDermott pointed out that it's conditioning.


"He's a skilled young guy," McDermott said about Gray. "How he's making shots with that wrist I'm not sure."


McDermott also added that his playing time will increase as soon as he's in good enough shape.


Marsden…FOR 3!


Cyclone center Ross Marsden has been extremely quiet so far in 2006, that is until tonight when Marsden knocked down the first three of his career in the first half.


"Ross is leading the country in 3-point percentage and it's probably going to stay that way," McDermott joked after the game.


The Cyclones will play their last game of the Cyclone Challenge tomorrow at 2:30 against Eastern Illinois in Hilton Coliseum.



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