Iowa State Rumbles Past Hawks in Ames

Matt Gatens scored a season-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome Iowa State and Craig Brackins. The Cyclones ran past Iowa, 81-71, at Hilton Coliseum Friday Night. was here to bring you a game story, notes and postgame video reaction.

AMES, Iowa - A very difficult week for Iowa ended with a clunker here on Friday night. In-state rival Iowa State plowed past the Hawkeyes, 81-71, in front of an announced crowd of 13,203 at Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa Head Coach Todd Lickliter was hospitalized last weekend before being released on Tuesday. That night, the Hawkeyes lost by 17 points at Northern Iowa and were snowed in for a day. Then, they ran into Hilton Magic, as a partisan crowd and a determined Cyclone team consumed them.

"I was definitely a different week with coach being gone," Iowa sophomore Matt Gatens said. "Our thoughts were with him the whole time. Being stuck in a blizzard was a little different.

"But we were together a lot. It's more bonding time. We just have to take as much as we can and learn from these two games. They're two great environments. It was a lot of fun playing in both these environments.

"Hats off to Iowa State tonight. They hit big shots. We didn't come out ready to play again. We just have to go back to the drawing board and start doing what we're preaching."

Gatens paced Iowa with 20 points, the second game in a row he's led the team in scoring. The sophomore notched a then season-high 18 in a 67-50 loss at Northern Iowa. Brennan Cougill added 12 points and 10 boards in a losing cause.

Craig Brackins made up for a miserable night in Iowa City a year ago, when Iowa's Cyrus Tate held him to six points on 2 of 12 shooting from the floor in 26 minutes in a 73-57 Hawkeye win. Friday, the 6-foot-10, Southern California native exploded for 28 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 5 from behind the arc.

"I don't think he's different," Gatens said. "I think the way we handled him was different. I felt like we came out and threw the punches back in Iowa City last year. This year, we let him get comfortable. When a guy like him gets comfortable, he‘s tough to stop."

Brackins said he didn't lean a lot on last year's game against Iowa as motivation for Friday night.

"Every time you play a rival, you want to go out and do the best you can," Brackins said. "That's what I tried to do the previous years and it just didn't go my way. Today's game did."

An Anthony Tucker three-pointer sliced Iowa's deficit to 41-30 with 19:07 to play in the game. The Hawkeyes got it back to within eight in the final minute, but between those two points, Iowa State dominated the game.

LaRon Dendy highlighted a big run by the Cyclones with a pair of thunderous dunks and a lay-in. Iowa State owned a 63-45 lead with 8:43 to play in the contest. The crowd was rocking and the Hawkeyes looked exhausted.

"The one thing, when they like to run and get some baskets in transition and get dunks and get the crowd into it; when that kind of things happens it's very tough to make a run ourselves," Walthall said. "I was proud of our guys the way that we finished. We never stopped fighting.

"I want to make sure they got credit for that. Sometimes it's not easy. You look at the scoreboard and you're down 14, 16, 18 points, and that thing can go to 30 pretty quick if you're not playing the right way, playing together and staying tough."

Iowa played without Lickliter for a third game in a row. He underwent surgery on his carotid artery last Saturday. He said this week that he hoped to return the bench when the Hawkeyes host Drake on Dec. 19.

The Cyclones started fast and went into the intermission with a 41-27 advantage. Brackins tallied 20 in the opening half.

After Iowa State raced to a 12-4 lead in front of the raucous crowd, the Hawkeyes responded with a 12-4 spurt of their own to tie it at 16-16 on a Brennan Cougill hoop with 9:27 remaining in the first half.

Iowa stayed close until a 14-5 run by the Cyclones put them up 34-23 with 3:30 on the clock. The visitors scored the next four points, but Brackins stopped the surge with a deep trey to put his team ahead, 37-27, at the 2:09 mark. A Brackins' jumper and a Diante Garrett finished the scoring before the break.

"It's tough taking a loss like that," Gatens said. "The team I grew up cheering against the first time getting a chance to play in here. It's frustrating to come out on the bottom end.

"Hopefully, we can learn the most out of this loss, take the good things we did well and switch around the bad things."


-Referee John Higgins was shaken up late in the half when he ran into Gatens. He left early for the locker room, and he game went ahead with two officials for the last minute and change in the first half.

-Iowa State was not called for a foul until there was 3:50 to play in the first half. Vanderbeken was whistled for bumping Cole on a drive.

-Former Cyclone Jake Sullivan shot threes at media timeouts throughout the game in a contest for a fan to win money based on his makes.

-Eric May started his third consecutive game for the Hawkeyes. Cougill started in his place in the second half.

-The Cyclones ended a three-game skid and sent Iowa into finals on a two-game slide.

-Iowa State defeated Iowa for the fourth time in a row at Hilton.

-Iowa started 3-7 for the first time since the 1958-59 season.

-Devon Archie did not travel to Ames. The junior college transfer has not played this season after breaking his clavicle in October.


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