Cyclones Put On Show Against Colorado

For as much as the ISU men's basketball team has struggled during its six-game losing streak, it was equally as impressive in snapping that streak Wednesday night against Colorado.

The Cyclones (13-11, 2-7 Big 12) dominated on both ends of the floor in a 70-42 pasting of the Buffaloes (9-14, 1-8) that included Iowa State allowing a conference-record nine points in the first half.

"Everything we did in practice led up to this. We played with more effort. We came out and showed them how we can play. It's a great feeling," forward Craig Brackins said. "There are some things we should have been doing before, but I feel like we went out played hard -- but also had fun. We were looking for each other and cheering each other on."

Craig Brackins once again led the Cyclones with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a shorter than usual night of 22 minutes. No other players were in double figures but 10 of the 13 players that played scored. Charles Boozer had seven points and six rebounds in his first-ever start and Jamie Vanderbeken had seven points as well.

"We allowed Brackins early on to just catch the ball too much in a comfortable way," Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "It wasn't any different than the last time we played him, except that it was a lot easier for him."

The score was not the only thing that showed the lopsided affair. Iowa State shot 46 percent and made nine three-pointers, while holding Colorado to 31 percent and two threes. The Cyclones only had nine turnovers and outrebounded the Buffaloes 37-25 as well.

"We took away their strengths. Everyone contributed on the defensive end of the floor," coach Greg McDermott said. "(Our players) followed the plan and executed it right, but they did it with passion. That was really the difference."

Colorado fell behind 10-2 early but only trailed 13-6 with 12 minutes left in the half. That is when the wheels fell off, though, as Iowa State went on a 21-0 run to take a 28-point lead.

"Early in the week, we just talked about not feeling sorry for ourselves, about being grateful for the opportunity we have to go to practice every day and play this game that we love," McDermott said. "Let's just leave it all out there and see what happens. To hide in a corner because things aren't going well isn't the way that successful people act."

The halftime score ended up at 37-9 as Colorado just could not get anything accomplished offensively and the Cyclones were just as fluid on the offensive end as they were on the defensive.

"(The first half) was a blur, a bad dream. It was terrible. Iowa State made shots. We didn't," Colorado guard Dwight Thorne II said. "They rebounded. We didn't. They defended. We didn't. We just weren't ready to play."

Colorado was able to find some flow in the second half as the two teams both scored 33 points but the Buffaloes got many of theirs after the benches had emptied as Iowa State led by nearly 30 points the entire half. The Cyclones travel to Oklahoma State Saturday to play the Cowboys in a game that tips off at 4 pm.

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