Jiri Hubalek leads Iowa State past Texas Southern 79-55
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Jiri Hubalek notched career highs with 27 points and 15 rebounds and Iowa State thumped undersized Texas Southern 79-55 Wednesday night in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic.
Craig Brackins and Rahshon Clark each added 13 points for the Cyclones (6-4), who went on a 28-4 run between the end of the first half and the start of the second and won for the fourth time in five games.
Hubalek, a 6-foot-11 center, had a field day against a Texas Southern team that didn’t start anyone over 6-foot-6. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the first half and recorded his seventh career double-double.
The Tigers (1-9), who have lost nine straight, brought only eight players to Ames—and it showed during Iowa State’s decisive run. The Cyclones pushed a 16-point halftime lead to 56-30 just four minutes into the second half, as Hubalek scored six quick points.
Texas Southern climbed back within 58-40 midway through the second half, forcing Iowa State to reinsert its starters. The Tigers got as close as 16 with 6:42 left, but they were never able to mount a serious comeback.
The game lacked any sort of discernible rhythm early on, and Texas Southern was able to hang around for much of the first half. But the Tigers drew a technical when Kevin Abanobi smacked the backboard with both hands after a dunk, and Iowa State responded with a 16-2 run to end the first half.
Hubalek keyed the surge with three jumpers, and Diante Garrett just beat the first-half buzzer with a bucket that put the Cyclones ahead 44-28.
Sollie Norwood had 19 to lead Texas Southern, and Abanobi added 14. Wesley Johnson, Iowa State’s second-leading scorer, went scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting.
Iowa State will face Purdue in Las Vegas Saturday night. The Cyclones are 1-1 against the Big Ten this season, beating Iowa and losing to Minnesota.