Seniors Jiri Hubalek, Rahshon Clark lead ISU past Iowa 56-47
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Jiri Hubalek scored 15 points, Rahshon Clark added 14 and Iowa State beat rival Iowa 56-47 Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak against instate opponents.
Iowa State (4-4) bounced back from a 35-point drubbing to Drake last Wednesday with an inspired defensive effort, holding Iowa (6-5) below 50 points for just the second time this season.
Iowa junior guard Tony Freeman, who scored 15 points in his season debut Wednesday against Northern Iowa, sat out with a sore foot. Freeman missed the first nine games with the injury, and Iowa missed his offense. The Hawkeyes shot just 32 percent from the floor.
Iowa, which trailed the entire second half, crept within 10 on a 3 from Justin Johnson with 4:15 left. But Hubalek followed a Clark 3 with a dunk to put Iowa State ahead 53-40 with 1:38 left.
Iowa State threatening to blow the game open early in the second half, but Iowa stayed within 33-28 on two 3’s from Justin Johnson. The Hawkeyes then went cold offensively, and the Cyclones used the free-throw line to built a 14-point lead.
Two Clark free throws put the Cyclones up 39-30 with 10:25 left, and Iowa State stretched its lead to 46-32 on a pair from the line by Hubalek with 7:06 left.
The Cyclones actually shot worse than the Hawkeyes from the floor, but they hit 20 free throws to Iowa’s 5.
Iowa State held a 26-22 lead after a first half in which nothing seemed to fall for either team. Iowa was 9-of-31 from the floor in the opening half, but Iowa State was just 8-of-28. The Cyclones finished 16-of-51 from the field.
Freshman Jarryd Cole had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Iowa, and Jake Kelly added 13 points. Johnson and Jeff Peterson combined to shoot just 5-of-25 for the Hawkeyes.
The Cyclones did their best to needle their instate rivals at the break, playing clips of the Iowa State’s 15-13 win over the Hawkeyes in football in September.
Iowa State coach Gene Chizik provided the capper by raising the Cy-Hawk trophy up to the crowd.