Cedar Falls – Greg McDermott's homecoming to the UNI Dome on Wednesday night didn't go according to plan for Cyclone fans as the Panthers ended Iowa State's six game winning streak by a score of 70-57.
"You can't come on the road and shoot a poor percentage and have the kind of free throw differential and still be in the game, yet we were still in the game," McDermott told the media after the game.
"We didn't shoot the ball well at all. We had chances to come back and take the lead but we couldn't put the ball in the basket," junior Rahshon Clark said after the game.
Wednesday night marked the return of junior forward Jiri Hubalek to the lineup for the Cyclones, fresh off of a six-game suspension issued by the NCAA. One would think that the extra depth would assist the young Cyclones front court, but Hubalek's 4-18 shooting night turned out to be an Achilles heel. According to his coach after the game, Cyclone fans shouldn't be too worried.
"When you give Jiri those 18 shots, he's not going to make four of them very often. He's a good shooter," McDermott said.
While Hubalek returned to the
lineup for the first time this season,
Marsden's illness was one of the main reasons why McDermott had to look to Hubalek for so much of the game.
"We had to go with Jiri a bunch and probably a little more than he was ready for," McDermott said.
Hubalek wasn't the only Cyclone
who struggled offensively.
"They did a great job of
UNI guard Brooks McKowen was the
difference maker as he went off for 27 points and more importantly taking
"A lot of people complain about what Brooks can do. I was never one of those. Brooks just wins," McDermott said. "He made veteran, savvy plays the entire night."
As McKowen proved, experience was the difference on Wednesday.
"Tonight was the first time this year that we really played an experienced basketball team," McDermott said.
So where do the Cyclones go from here? McDermott said that tomorrow's practice will be a big day for his program.
"I'll find out a lot about my team tomorrow in practice," McDermott said.
- Freshman Wesley Johnson led the Cyclones in scoring with 14 points on the night
- Rahshon Clark had a double-double scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds.
- Jiri Hubalek went 4-18 from the field and had 12 points. Hubalek also chipped in with seven rebounds.
- Senior Jessan Gray scored 11 points on the night. Gray went down hard with a groin injury in the second half but returned to finish the game.
UNI scored 34 points in the paint