Marial Shayok scored a career-high 26 points, freshman Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 as well and Iowa State held off Texas Southern 85-73 on Monday night for its third straight win.
Nick Weiler-Babb posted 13 points with 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (3-0), who go to Hawaii for Maui Invitational games against Arizona, either third-ranked Gonzaga or Illinois and then an opponent yet to be determined.
The Tigers (1-2), who won four of the last five SWAC titles and beat Baylor on the road in their opener, didn’t go away as easily as many of its conference companions typically do against Power Five opponents.
Texas Southern got as close as 38-33 late in the first half before back-to-back 3s by Horton-Tucker helped Iowa State make it 48-35 at halftime.
Horton-Tucker hit another jumper that gave Iowa State a 59-41 lead. But the Cyclones went into an extended shooting funk — 0 for 11 marked by poor ball movement — and the Tigers sneaked back within 62-53.
Iowa State eventually found its way and pulled away, finishing 48 percent from the field.
Jeremy Combs had 16 points to lead the Tigers.
THE BIG PICTURE
Iowa State: Shayok transferred from Virginia to play in a more free-flowing offense. Through three games, it looks like he made the right call. Shayok has been a focal point of Iowa State’s much improved attack, scoring at least 14 points in every contest.
Texas Southern: The Tigers are two-thirds of the way through perhaps the most grueling three-game stretch any team in America might face in 2018-19. They lost at Gonzaga 104-67 on Saturday, travelled 1,500 miles to play Iowa State and will now go from Ames to San Diego to play the Aztecs.
Iowa State will face the Wildcats of the Pac-12 on Nov. 19
Texas Southern plays at San Diego State on Wednesday.
Source: The Associated Press