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RECAP: Iowa State dismantles Baylor in Big 12 quarters

Mar 14, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) reacts to a made basket against the Baylor Bears during the first half of the quarterfinals of the Big 12 conference tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY — And we will see you tomorrow night.

Iowa State’s run in Kansas City will continue into Friday after the Cyclones dismantled Baylor 83-66 in Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal action. Iowa State will tip in Friday night’s semifinal round at 6 o’clock against the winner of Thursday afternoon’s game between Kansas State and TCU.

The Cyclones dispatched the Bears behind sharp-shooting on offense (52.6 percent from the field, 54.2 percent from three) and a physical presence defensively that was completely missing during the team’s two losses to Scott Drew’s team earlier in the season.

Freshman guard Talen Horton-Tucker was the driving force of Iowa State’s offensive attack, scoring 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 5-of-9 from 3-point range while adding four rebounds, two assists and three blocks. Horton-Tucker’s 16 points in the first half were crucial to the Cyclones building a 38-29 lead entering the locker room.

Senior guard Marial Shayok, 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton, 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting, and freshman guard Tyrese Haliburton, 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, all joined Horton-Tucker in double-figures. Junior forward Michael Jacobson was also hugely important to the team’s efforts against Baylor as he scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds, five of them on the offensive end, and anchored Iowa State’s physicality in the paint.

Stay tuned for more coverage of Thursday’s win on Cyclone Fanatic later in this afternoon.

Jared Stansbury

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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.

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