Iowa State beats Centenary 67-57

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AMES, Iowa (AP)—Bryan Petersen scored 18 points, Craig Brackins had 16 and Iowa State held on after a fast start to beat Centenary 67-57 Saturday night to win the Cyclone Challenge.

Jiri Hubalek added eight points and six rebounds for the Cyclones (2-0), who kept Centenary scoreless for the first 6:10 and led by as many as 19 in the first half.

The Gents (1-1) recovered to cut the lead to nine at halftime, and they trailed 42-37 early in the second half. But Iowa State made just enough plays to keep the lead from getting any smaller.

Petersen had a key sequence midway through the half, making a 3-pointer, then stealing the ball, faking 6-foot-11 Tim Price off his feet and sinking a layup for a 49-39 lead. Later, Brackins fed Hubalek for a layup and Petersen followed with a 3 to bump the lead to 62-51 with 4:37 to play

Petersen, a junior college transfer, finished 4-for-6 on 3-pointers and shot 6-for-8 overall. Brackins, a freshman, sank eight of 10 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds.

Iowa State led 12-0 before Centenary scored, and was up 17-2 before the Gents made their first basket. Until Jerrald Bonham hit a turnaround shot at the 11:06 mark, Centenary had been 0-for-7 with six turnovers.

After going 0-12 from 3-point range in a victory over Winston-Salem State on Friday night, Iowa State hit three of its first six from behind the arc against the Gents.

Petersen hit two of the early 3s and knocked in a hanging jumper, all in the first 3:15. His teammates fed off his quick start.

Seven different ISU players scored after that and Cyclones led 25-6 when Brackins sank two free throws. Sean Haluska’s 3 made it 31-14, but Centenary’s guards then began beating their defenders off the dribble and Chase Adams’ 3-pointer left the Gents trailing 36-27 at halftime.

Tyrone Hamilton’s 17 points led Centenary and Nick Stallings scored 16.

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