Cyclones Win Behind Hamilton's Career Night
AMES, Iowa –Iowa State shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field en route to a 91-55 victory over SIU Edwardsville Saturday night in Hilton Coliseum. All 13 Cyclones scored in the victory, led by a career-high 16 points from freshman Justin Hamilton.
ISU, now 10-4 on the season, recorded its largest margin of victory (36 points) since defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 90-46 on Dec. 31, 2002. The 91 points is the most scored in the Greg McDermott era.
"Besides the start of the game, I was really pleased with the way we played," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "All in all, it was a good performance in a game where hey chose to take Craig (Brackins) out of it, and we made them pay for that in a lot of ways."
SIUE rushed out to an 8-2 advantage, but the lead was short-lived. The Cyclones countered with a 17-3 run to go ahead 19-11 with 10:36 left in the half. ISU made 9-of-its-first-13 shots from the floor, thanks to Diante Garrett’s hot hand. The sophomore made his first four shots to help ISU take control.
ISU used another run, a 7-0 flurry, to take a 14-point lead (31-17) with 5:40 remaining before intermission. Bryan Petersen knocked down a trey and Alex Thompson scored down low to help the Cyclones increase their lead.