Cyclones Move to 6-0: Panthers Next Up

Greg McDermott's Iowa State Cyclones moved to 6-0 on the season Saturday night as Iowa State defeated the Lake Superior State Lakers by a score of 90-61.The 6-0 start is the fifth best start in Iowa State history. Get notes and quotes from Saturday night's game right here at

It is safe to say that Iowa State junior guard Michael Taylor is in the zone. After scoring 33 points in Iowa State's 68-63 win over Minnesota last week, Taylor went 6-9 from 3-point range and scored 22 points as he led Iowa State to a 90-61 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum.


"I've just been getting a lot of shots in the gym lately, a lot of extra practice, and it ahs been very helpful and has paid off. I'm starting to become more comfortable and I'm getting used to the system Coach McDermott is running and everything is flowing for us right now. We just need to work hard to get better as a team," Taylor said after the game.


Iowa State moved to 6-0 on the season after Saturday night's game which is something that head coach Greg McDermott didn't necessarily think was possible for his inexperienced team.


"I probably wouldn't have guessed that we could do that," McDermott told the media after the game. "Especially without Jiri" [Hubalek].


Iowa State junior forward Jiri Hubalek is now officially finished with his six-game suspension. The Cyclones will get Hubalek back at a favorable time, which is right before the showdown between McDermott and his former team, the UNI Panthers on Wednesday night.


"It's not going to be much fun," McDermott said. "It's a no win deal for me."


Though McDermott isn't looking forward to Wednesday night, he still knows what he needs to do.


"They mean a great deal to me. I am going to put together a plan that gives us the opportunities to win," McDermott said about the match up.


The Iowa State players didn't want to acknowledge it, but they too know that Wednesday is not just any other game on the schedule.


"The whole team is aware of the importance of the game and it is just another reason to go that much harder for coach McDermott," said Iowa State's lone senior Jessan Gray.


Gray also had the hot hand on Saturday night. Gray went 6-7 from the field as he scored 14 points coming off the bench.


"I'm starting to get used to the brace and I'm starting to get in the rhythm of the game lately," Gray said.


It's notable that Gray had been missed a few games this year with a cracked bone in his hand.


Iowa State will head to UNI on Wednesday night in the UNI Dome. The game tips off at 7 p.m.


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