Cyclones down Creighton, move to 8-0

Nothing travels better than defense in the sport of basketball.

We learned that again on Saturday when No. 19 Iowa State held off Creighton for a 64-58 win in Omaha. The win snapped a 25-game road losing streak for the Cyclones that dated back to Feb. 2019 and moved them to 8-0 for just the sixth time in program history.

The star of the night was the Cyclones’ defensive pressure, which forced 21 Bluejay turnovers, their most since 2009, and held Creighton to just 42.2 percent shooting from the field and 31.6 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Iowa State’s offensive star was none other than Caleb Grill, who scored a team-high 16 points off the bench by shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Grill was joined in double figures scoring by Izaiah Brockington, who finished with 12 points on just 3-of-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds.

As a team, Iowa State shot 41.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep with seven makes. The Cyclones also got eight crucial points apiece from George Conditt and Tyrese Hunter.

The win was Iowa State’s first true road win since beating Kansas State in Manhattan on Feb. 16, 2019.

The Cyclones’ 8-0 start to the season matches the program’s 1940-41 and 1941-42 teams for the fourth-best start in program history.

Iowa State will be back in action on Thursday when it hosts in-state rival Iowa at Hilton Coliseum in an 8 p.m. tip on ESPN2.

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.