McKenzie, Tollackson led Minnesota past Iowa State, 68-58
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Spencer Tollackson scored 21 points, Lawrence McKenzie had 20 and Minnesota beat Iowa State 68-58 Tuesday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the Cyclones.
Dan Coleman added 10 points for the Gophers (2-0), who gave coach Tubby Smith his first road win at Minnesota.
Iowa State (2-2) had cut Minnesota’s lead to 57-53 late in the second half. But Coleman responded with a bucket and McKenzie followed with a 3-pointer that bounced off the back of the rim, floated up and sunk through the hoop with 2:48 left.
Bryan Peterson brought the Cyclones back within 62-58 with a 3, but that’s as close as they would get as Minnesota iced the game at the free throw line.
McKenzie, who had just two points in Minnesota’s season-opening win over Army, had 15 points in the second half and shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the second half.
Craig Brackins had 23 points to lead Iowa State, which has lost two straight. The Cyclones clearly aren’t the same team without talented sophomore Wesley Johnson, who has missed the first four games with a foot injury.
Iowa State, down four at the break, went on a 13-3 run to start off the second half. Minnesota jumped back ahead, 57-47, on the strength of a 13-3 spurt of their own, highlighted by a jumper from Coleman and a 3-pointer by McKenzie with 6:43 left.
Iowa State looked out of step early, allowing Minnesota to jump ahead by as much as 30-22. Two quick baskets from Brackins got the crowd back in the game, and the Cyclones pulled within 32-28 by halftime.
Brackins was the sole reason Iowa State was able to keep it close early on. He had 17 points in the first half, on 8-of-11 shooting. The rest of the team was 2-of-15 from the floor.
Rahshon Clark had 13 points for the Cyclones, who have lost two straight. Freshman Diante Garrett added nine points and four assists.