Cyclones Impressive In Victory Over Baylor

AMES, Iowa – The 3-pointers were falling and Iowa State was clicking Tuesday night, as the Cyclones ended their three-game losing streak with a 71-62 victory over Baylor in Hilton Coliseum. Craig Brackins collected his 12th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Cyclones as a team recorded their eighth double-digit effort from downtown with 10 treys in the victory.

The win, which improves ISU to 14-14 overall and 3-10 in Big 12 play, was its eighth victory over Baylor in eight tries in Hilton Coliseum.

"I'm really proud of the way the guys responded after not making a good start," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "We exploited a few things with the ball screens annd defense, and were able to get baskets in the first seven or eight possessions after that."

ISU went into the break with a 33-29 lead despite falling behind 15-5 in the opening minutes. Craig Brackins had 11 first-half points behind four monster dunks.

The Cyclones went up by seven points (33-26) after Jamie Vanderbeken nailed a trey with :09 seconds left, but Curtis Jerrells came down and buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the deficit to four.

Vanderbeken's 3-pointer was ISU's sixth of the first period and the Cyclones' 204th of the season, breaking the shool's team single-season trey mark. The previous record was 203 set by the 2006-07 squad.

The Cyclone lead ballooned to 13 points (42-29) at the first media timeout, as ISU scored the first nine points of the second period. Lucca Staiger hit a trey and Justin Hamilton scored on a put-back to help get the Cyclones off to a fast start after intermission.

ISU maintained its comfortable lead with 9:55 left in the game after Staiger hit another trey to push ISU up 56-42. Diante Garrett later knocked down a jumper to give the Cyclones a 67-47 lead with 4:50 left.

"We've had some rough stretches in conference play, but I refuse to believe these guys are as poor shooters as the numbers would indicate," McDermott added. "I'm lucky because I'm surrounded by a bunch of guys that stick with one another, and that's a big reason we got the win tonight."

ISU outrebounded Baylor, 37-31, improving to 9-1 this season when outboarding its opponent. The Cyclones made 15-of-16 free-throws in the win.

Garrett and Bryan Petersen each added 10 points for the Cyclones.

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