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Iowa State’s defense shines in 73-56 win over Miami

It isn’t any kind of secret that Steve Prohm’s biggest emphasis during the preseason with this Iowa State team has been an improvement on the defensive end of the floor. There had been a few signs of that improvement during the Cyclones’ first four games, but those performances came against lesser competition.

In Friday’s 73-56 win over Miami (FL), there was no more questioning the improvement. The Hurricanes shot just 36 percent from the floor and 13 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Senior Deonte Burton led the Cyclones with 21 points (8-of-16 shooting) and seven rebounds. Matt Thomas scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and Naz Mitrou-Long added 10 with two 3-pointers of his own.

All-American point guard Monte Morris scored just six points and dished out five assists while battling foul trouble in only 22 minutes. The Cyclones forced 19 turnovers against Miami’s offense that was the No. 22 adjusted offense in the country on KenPom.com entering the game.

With the win, Iowa State advances to the championship game of the Advocare Invitational on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. They’ll play the winner of Friday afternoon’s game between No. 11 Gonzaga and Florida.


Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.