Sluggish Cyclones hold off Alcorn State 78-58

From FOX Sports - December 10, 2017

AMES, Iowa (AP)The Cyclones might remember Sundays game as the Hawkeye Hangover

Iowa State survived anyway, pushing its winning streak to seven games ahead of a key matchup against Northern Iowa.

Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, including a career-high seven 3s, Cameron Lard had 15 points with 11 rebounds and Iowa State held off lowly Alcorn State 78-58.

Lindell Wigginton scored 16 points for the Cyclones (7-2), who were forced to rally from an early 9-point deficit against arguably the worst team on their schedule.

In the first half, we didnt play with any energy, Jackson said. In the second half, we knew we couldnt get beat.

The Cyclones, fresh off an emotional home win over rival Iowa, were sluggishto say the leastfrom the opening tip. Alcorn State (2-8) took advantage, knocking down four of their first five tries from 3-point range for a 14-5 lead.

Though Iowa State eventually grabbed a slim lead, Dante Sterlings 4-point play with 55.4 seconds left in the first half helped the Braves stay within 33-32 by the break.

Iowa States talent eventually won out.

It opened the second half on a 15-3 run, highlighted by 3s from Jackson and Wigginton, to push the lead to 48-35 with 15:33 left. The Cyclones held a relatively comfortable lead for the rest of the game, outscoring the overwhelmed Braves 45-26 in the second half.

We talked about it the last two days about not having a letdown, a setback. We really tried to fight against that, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. Fortunate to win, but without question we have a lot of things to clean up.

Devon Brewer scored 15 points for Alcorn State.


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