Forget Hilton Magic. Not even Houdini could have grown the boys of Iowa State into the size and strength of the men from Iowa. The battle in the paint was more lop sided than the score as Iowa dominated the boards with a 47-24 rebounding edge. The Hawkeyes also led in three pointers 9-0 and in assists 15-6.
"We've got to take this game and build from it," said Iowa coach Steve Alford. "That's the way this team can guard. That's the way this team can punish somebody.We just punished a very good rebounding team in their building. That's a little bit of what this team can do if we keep working. We needed this."
The Iowa defense did indeed step up against ISU, holding them to 28 percent shooting in the second half and under 35 percent for the game.
Reggie Evans was truly an unstoppable force in the middle as he had his way with the young charges from ISU. The Joker didn't cause any smiles in Ames as he cruised and bruised his way to another deuce-deuce. His 24 points and 17 boards however, still don't indicate his total and complete domination in the paint. Two of the Cyclone inside players fouled out trying to match up with "The Man"
Luke Recker played a complete floor game in Ames, perhaps his first of the season. Although Luke scored 14 points on only ten shots, his key numbers were 4 steals, 3 assists and 6 rebounds. This was a determined and unselfish Luke Recker playing as a consummate team player.
Glen Worley added 14 points, including two key threes that took the life out of the Clones like a pin to a balloon.
The Hawks were able to rebound from the horrible loss to UNI to put a beating on Iowa State. Now the Hawks must concentrate on continuing the good play, especially as the head into Columbia, MO for Round Two.