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.