"We have three new guys in Jackson Vroman, Tim Barnes and Adam Haluska who we rely upon heavily in just their second college game," ISU head coach Larry Eustachy said. "Our team has a long ways to go. Our lack of toughness and determination needs to improve. There was a stretch in the second half, about five or six minutes, where we played hard."
What Eustachy was referring to was a key 10-0 run in the second half that switched momentum toward ISU. A three-pointer by Cary Cochran boosted Global Sports' lead to 60-56 with 7:27 left to play in the game. However, the Cyclones held GS scoreless over the next four minutes, going on a 10-0 run culminated by a Barnes three-pointer to give ISU a 66-60 lead with 3:50 left to play in regulation. ISU forced seven consecutive missed GS shots during the key second half run.
The first half was a different story, as Global Sports raced out to a 37-35 lead on 54.2 percent shooting. GS finished the game with a 49 percent clip on 25-for-51 shooting, led by five players in double-digit scoring. Former Texas star Fredie Williams led GS with 15 points.
ISU's perimeter was important in the victory, getting 57 of its 72 points from its guard play. Junior Jake Sullivan also had a solid game for the Cyclones, tying Barnes with a team-high 20 points. Sullivan was 9-for-18 from the floor. Vroman chipped in with 11 points, tallying his second double-double in as many games with a team-high 10 boards to help ISU to a 38-28 edge on the glass. True freshman Haluska got his first start of his young career, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds.
"I had a lot of fun tonight," Haluska said. "We play hard, talk and work together as a team. I think this team will be fun to watch this season."
ISU, now 31-2 lifetime in exhibitions, will begin the regular season, Monday Nov. 25 against Coe College at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum.