Wildcats rally in second half to hand Cyclones loss in Maui

Nov 19, 2018; Lahaina, HI, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Justin Coleman (12) takes a shot against Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) in the second half during round one of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State was able to lockdown Arizona defensively for one half on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational, but cold shooting and a breakout second half performance allowed the Wildcats to pick up a 71-66 win.

The Cyclones led 36-27 and held the Wildcats to just 30 percent shooting from the field during the game’s first 20 minutes. Arizona countered with 52 percent shooting in the second half and a 15-point second half performance from Justin Coleman, who finished with 18 points in the game, to clinch the victory and advance to a semifinal against the winner of Monday’s nightcap between Gonzaga and Illinois.

“We just didn’t play good enough defense in the second half,” junior forward Michael Jacobson, who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Cyclones, told the Cyclone Radio Network. “We didn’t just do good enough on defense. Held them to 27 points in the first half. I thought we did a really good job. Justin Coleman made some really nice shots, made some really nice threes. You’ve got to credit him for that, but we didn’t play good enough defense in the second half to win the game.”

Iowa State was led by a 19-point, 14 rebound performance from senior guard Marial Shayok, who shot 8-of-19 from the field in 39 minutes. He was just 1-of-5 from 3-point range, which personifies the Cyclones’ struggles from behind the arc, finishing just 4-of-24 as a team on the night.

Talen Horton-Tucker, 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting, and Nick Weiler-Babb, 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, were the other Cyclones to finish in double-figures. The Cyclones recorded zero bench points while the starters each played more than 30 minutes with true freshman guard Tyrese Haliburton playing the entire game.

“It’s a long season,” Haliburton said. “You win some, you lose some so it’s on to the next. You keep thinking about what plays you made, what plays you didn’t make. I’m in that stage right now, but the great thing about this tournament is there’s 24 hours until we play again so we’ll be fine.”

Iowa State will take on the loser of the game between the Bulldogs and Illini at 5 p.m. central time on Tuesday.

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.