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.