Cyclones start fast, finish fast in dominant win over San Diego State

Nov 19, 2018; Lahaina, HI, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Marial Shayok (3) dunks against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half during round one of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Any concerns of a shorthanded Iowa State team being tired entering its third game in three days were quickly put to rest on Wednesday. The Cyclones knocked down their first five shots and never trailed on their way to a dominant 87-57 win over San Diego State to clinch fifth-place in the Maui Invitational.

The Cyclones were led by senior guard Marial Shayok, who finished with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes. Iowa State knocked down 14 3-pointers on the afternoon with four of them coming from Shayok.

Junior forward Michael Jacobson continued his stellar play on the islands with  19 points and eight rebounds while shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Terrence Lewis played his best game of the season scoring 16 points to round out the group of Cyclones scoring in double-figures.

San Diego State struggled to find its footing against Iowa State’s defense from the jump and shot just 35 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc. The Cyclones held the Aztecs’ leading scorer, senior guard Devin Watson, to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Iowa State was especially dangerous in transition, outscoring the Aztecs 28-6 in fastbreak points. They also turned 13 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points.

Iowa State will now return home to take on Omaha next Monday in its last game of November. Hopefully, it will be the Cyclones’ last game with a short bench with Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley both expected to return from suspension in December.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.