AMES – Iowa State’s winning streak improved to 11 games Sunday, and again, the reason was due to suffocating defense. However, it wasn’t like the offense was non-existent during the 77-54 victory against Southeastern Louisiana at Hilton Coliseum.
Caleb Grill had one of his better games, coming off the bench to score 20 points, on 7 of 11 field-goal accuracy, including 6 of 10 from three-point range. Izaiah Brockington had a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double. There were good flashes under the basket from George Conditt.
Again, though, the defense carried the Cyclones to what now is the program’s longest winning streak to start a season since the 2013-14 team was 14-0.
Iowa State is scheduled to host Chicago State at 6 p.m., Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum, before opening Big 12 Conference action against defensive national champion and top-ranked Baylor on Jan. 1. Chicago State cancelled its game at Drake, however, due to a COVID situation.
Sunday was the Cyclones’ first game since beating Alabama State 47-37 six days ago. There was some rust, which was to be expected. But also remember this fact:
Iowa State has a 5-0 record against FBS-level competition. Wins have been by an average of 13.4 points.
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson embarked on his 50th year of writing sports for the Des Moines Register in December 2021. Reach him at email@example.com, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.
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