Cyclones Squeak Past Panthers; Win Tournament

The game went down to the final second in buzzer beater attempt that should never have happened, but Iowa State took down Eastern Illinois on Sunday afternoon by a score of 56-54, making the Cyclones 3-0 on the season.

Iowa State had a two point lead with just over four seconds remaining on the clock as Eastern Illinois was in bounding the ball. Iowa State had four fouls to give, but couldn't get one off as Eastern Illinois guard Mike Robinson missed a desperation shot, with Michael Taylor's hand in his face to give Iowa State the win.


"We didn't do what we were told and it almost lost us the game," said Iowa State forward Rahshon Clark after Sunday's game.


Iowa State didn't stop Eastern Illinois once at the end of the game, but the Cyclones did it two times when the game was on the line.


"To be able to get a stop with the game on the line, it gives you the confidence that it can be done," Greg McDermott said after the game.


Michael Taylor is the Cyclone who made the big defensive play at the end of the game and he gave the Hilton crowd some props when it was all said and done.


"We got a stop when we needed. Cyclone Alley is a big support for us," Taylor said.


So why did a game against Eastern Illinois come down to the wire? According to Taylor, energy was lacking.


"We were lacking energy all night," Taylor said. "We just have to learn from our mistakes and get better."


One of the reasons that the Cyclones could have been lacking energy was the fact that this was their third game in a 72 hour span.


"They say that they weren't tired. I say that they were running on fumes," McDermott said.


Though it wasn't pretty, Iowa State is still 3-0 to start off the season, and McDermott is proud of that. 


"They (Iowa State's players) made a mistake last night by showing me what they're capable of. They defensive effort was outstanding and it needs to be. We're playing some assignments on occasion and there are some miscommunications, but it's a long ways ahead of our offense. I think it's the first thing you have to teach so the offensive things fall in place. I'm happy to be 3-0; it can be something to build on," McDermott said.


Leading Iowa State in scoring for the third game in a row was Michael Taylor, who had 14 points in the game. Rahshon Clark had nine points and 12 rebounds in the game while freshman Wesley Johnson chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.


Iowa State's next game will on Nov. 19 against Norfolk State at 1 p.m.



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