Basketball

Sources: Cyclones roll Gophers in “secret” scrimmage

Let me preface the following report by stating that I kept better secrets when I was five than the closed scrimmage between Iowa State and Minnesota did on Sunday afternoon at the Sukup facility in Ames. 

After working the phones for a good hour late Sunday afternoon, here is what I know about what went down. 

Iowa State defeated Minnesota 103-78.

— Bryce Dejean-Jones led the Cyclones in scoring with 19 points. The UNLV transfer also had nine rebounds while going 7-of-11 from the floor. 

— Dustin Hogue had 16 points for the Cyclones.  

One of the best players in the nation, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, only played 19 minutes while collecting six points along the way. A separate source said that Niang and Naz Long were not very active, which made the 25-point Iowa State victory over a good Big Ten team even more impressive. 

Iowa State’s sophomore point guard picked up right where he left off last March. Morris had 13 points and five assists to only one turnover.

I’m told that surprisingly, Daniel Edozie had nine and six for the Cyclones in 16 minutes.

Iowa State’s 7-foot freshman out of Greece, Georgios Tsalmpouris, played 10 minutes for the Cyclones. 

Due to NCAA rules, Marquette transfer Jameel McKay did not participate. He will be eligible to play on Dec. 20.

— Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader did play, however. Both men will miss next Friday’s exhibition and the first two games of the season due to a suspension. Nader had 11 & six while Thomas went 3-for-4 from the floor. Rumblings have insisted that Thomas has had an excellent preseason for the Cyclones.

A friend to the Cyclone Fanatic Podcast, Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune, reported that this was Iowa State’s starting lineup: Morris, Dejean-Jones, Long, Hogue & Niang.

Hines also reported on Twitter that: “Sounds like the scrimmage was just a straight-up 40 minute game, too. Not much manipulation of time/circumstance.” 

Iowa State will take on Viterbo in its only exhibition of the season on Friday night at 7.