Cyclones Golden Over Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - Junior Mike Taylor scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half, fueling Iowa State (5-0) it its first road game of the season to a 68-63 come-from-behind victory over Minnesota (2-1) at Williams Arena on Tuesday. Taylor was virtually unstoppable in the second half as the Milwaukee, Wisc., native connected on 9-of-14 shots, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc.


Iowa State overcame a 10-point second half deficit and went on a 12-0 run inside four minutes to beat the Gophers for the fourth-straight time in the series.


Taylor made an off-balance layup and then fed Jessan Gray for a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 58-58 with just under three minutes remaining in the game. After an ISU defensive stand, Taylor hit another three at the other end to put Iowa State ahead for good. He then dished out one of his five assists to Gray, putting the Cyclones up five. Iowa State then sealed the game with five clutch free throws down the stretch.


Senior Rahshon Clark also stepped up big for ISU, playing all 40 minutes for just the second time in his career, notching his fifth career double-double, scoring 12 points and added 11 boards.


The Cyclones jumped out to an early 13-5 first-half lead, with baskets from all five starters, but saw it drift away to the Golden Gophers late in the first half. Minnesota, led by Spencer Tollackson, held the Cyclones to two points in the last six minutes of the first half. The Gophers went on a 12-2 run to end the half, taking a 28-25 lead to the lockerroom.


Iowa State had a season-low 11 turnovers and shot 45 percent from the floor (26-of-58), while the Gophers finished the night shooting 23-of-59.


Taylor became the first player to score 30-plus points since Curtis Stinson put up 35 against Mountain State in the 2005 season opener. His six threes were the most by a Cyclone since Jake Sullivan hit seven vs. Nebraska on Jan. 4, 2004. Taylor finished the game shooting 13-of-27 from the field, including 6-of-13 from 3-point land, coupled with five assists and three rebounds.


Tollackson scored 24-points for Minnesota and pulled down 13 rebounds, both career highs.


Head coach Greg McDermott improved his lifetime record against the Big Ten to 4-3. The Cyclones will look to improve on their perfect 5-0 record as they return to Hilton Coliseum on Saturday Nov. 25 as they take on Lake Superior State at 7 p.m.

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