Steve Prohm apologized for his actions in Cy-Hawk game
Randy Peterson, [email protected]
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa State has played much, much further from home than it did in the Cy-Hawk game. Like, 3,800 miles further at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
But Maui isn’t Iowa City.
And Carver-Hawkeye Arena isn’t the Lahaina Civic Center, which at times felt like a tropical version of Hilton Coliseum a couple weeks ago.
Thursday night’s 98-84 loss to the No. 19 Hawkeyes marked the Cyclones’ first true road game. That’s always a good barometer contest for a team — especially one with two true freshmen in its starting five and another coming off the bench.
“This was good,” Steve Prohm said postgame. “We needed this game to see where we’re at and what we’ve got to do. Winning on the road is tough, but if you’re going to compete for championships like this team can and you’re going to compete down the road in postseason, you’ve got to be able to win on the road. You’ve got to be able to handle the environments.”
Let’s talk about the freshmen first.
The moment didn’t look too big for Talen Horton-Tucker, who hoisted up 19 shots and led led all Cyclones with 21 points — his third time eclipsing 20 this season. He added six boards, two assists and two steals. While his shot wasn’t falling consistently and his shot selection was questionable at times, Horton-Tucker wasn’t lacking for confidence — even on the defensive end, where he drew the short straw in guarding Tyler Cook down low.
“This was my first road game,” the freshman from Chicago said. “Just getting the feel for going on the road, how you’ve got to stay the course, stay together. … It’s a great learning experience for us.”
Another freshman, Tyrese Haliburton, logged 10 points, five assists, three steals and a rebound. George Conditt, also a freshman, played seven minutes and had two points, two rebounds, a block and a steal. He got most his minutes in the first half, when Cameron Lard wasn’t playing with type of energy Prohm wanted.
“George came off the bench and did some really good things for us,” Prohm said.
Horton-Tucker and Haliburton were also key in the Cyclones’ late-second-half surge, when they twice pulled within 10 points and kept things, a bit, interesting for a time.
Iowa State faced its largest deficit — 70-50 — with 11:40 left.
From then on, Horton-Tucker had 13 points, two rebounds, an assist and two turnovers. Twice, his buckets pulled the Cyclones within 10 points.
In the same time, Haliburton had five points, three assists, three steals, a rebound and a turnover.
“I just learned how to keep my composure, keep fighting,” Horton-Tucker said. “It’s not over until it’s over. They’re my brothers. Keep fighting all the way out.”
Leading experience for Talen Horton-Tucker
Randy Peterson, [email protected]
Of course, all those stats are on offense. No Cyclone looked consistently good on defense. (Thus, Iowa’s 98 points.) Players struggled to close out, got caught in screens, were out-muscled in the paint and on the boards — Iowa out-rebounded 44-24.
Iowa State also allowed a no-no for any road team: big scoring runs.
Iowa ripped off a 15-2 run in the first, turning a 24-21 deficit to a 36-26 lead with 5:52 on the clock. Iowa then opened the second half on a 35-12 run in which Iowa State shot 3-for-10 and missed three free throws.
Another smaller but crucial scoring run: After trimming the deficit to three points, Iowa State let down at the end of the first half and the Hawkeyes scored four straight points in the final 51 seconds to take a 45-38 lead into the break.
“It’s something we’re going to learn from,” Iowa State swing man Marial Shayok said. “We’d rather have it happen now than later down the road. Just a good learning experience.”
Added Prohm: “We’re working through some things now. We’ve got two new guys back and, that’s what I talked to the guys about — we’re getting two more guys back (Lindell Wigginton and Solomon Young, from injury). So it’s a little different right now, but that’s not an excuse. We beat good teams and played well against good teams with the roster we had. But as we add guys, I think we’ve got to accept roles and we’ve all got to continue to buy in. We just weren’t very good [Thursday].
“But we’ll be back.”
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.