Iowa State takes advantage of UNO men’s basketball’s slow start in rout over Mavericks

AMES, Iowa — Zach Jackson has been in enough of these high-major games, including one here at Hilton Coliseum two years ago, to understand the importance of starting off well against teams like Iowa State.

UNO didn’t on Monday, and it got buried early in an 82-55 loss. Its senior captain said his team has to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again on Wednesday if it wants to stay in the game at Arizona State.

“We know when you play a Power Five school, out of the gate, you’ve got to let them know that you’re here. Don’t let them get on any runs because then the crowd gets involved,” Jackson said. “Usually, they’re bigger and more athletic so it’s harder to get back into the game. It’s going to take more energy.”

The Mavericks never fully recovered from the opening minutes on Monday at Hilton. The Cyclones (6-1) raced to an 11-0 lead in the blink of an eye, and UNO (3-4) found itself fighting a double-digit deficit all night.

Iowa State turned a pair of offensive rebounds by Nebraska transfer Michael Jacobson into second-chance baskets as it surged ahead from the opening tip. UNO’s first six possessions resulted in four turnovers and two missed 3-point attempts, one of which Jackson threw up as the shot-clock expired.

Tyrese Haliburton knocked down consecutive long-range jumpers en route to a 16-point first half. By the end of the night, the Cyclones had five scorers in double figures, paced by Marial Shayok’s game-high 18.

The Mavs never scored consecutive baskets in the first half and trailed 41-28 at the break. UNO coach Derrin Hansen said the poor beginning and the ISU size on defense made it tough to make up ground.

“Our start wasn’t what we’ve had here lately,” he said. “They were switching 1 through 4, and their length kept us from the paint. It made it hard for us to get any sort of edge to make the next play.”

UNO committed a season-high 20 turnovers, seven more than it had in any previous game. The Cyclones scored 28 points off of those miscues, many of which occurred before the Mavs even got into transition.

“We were on the run, I swear, four or five times in the first eight or nine minutes, and they poked it away and went right back to the rim,” Hansen said. “There’s your 28 points off of turnovers right there.

“If we’d have kept them out of transition and got organized defensively, we did a pretty decent job. We weren’t as good on the glass as we should’ve been. There are four or five balls that are ours that we did not come up with that we have to come up with if you want to keep it close early. We obviously didn’t.”

Jacobson was a big reason why. Four off his eight rebounds in the first half came on the offensive end. He finished with 13 points and 10 boards, recording his first double-double with the Cyclones. The junior had two at Nebraska, but never scored more than 13 points. He’s had 13 or more in every ISU game.

Iowa State continued to play shorthanded Monday. Two regulars are suspended and two are injured.

UNO also wasn’t at full strength. Point guard KJ Robinson was in street clothes for the second straight game while nursing a sore shoulder. He said afterward that he expects to return to play on Wednesday.

JT Gibson scored a team-high 16 points for the Mavs in Robinson’s absence. Jackson, coming off a career-best 33-point performance against Montana State on Saturday, finished with a season-low 13.

The senior guard, who shared Summit League player-of-the-week honors with South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, said the short amount of prep time for the game didn’t help UNO adjust to ISU’s length.

“You could see whenever they’d go double the post, the wings have real long arms,” he said. “They were able to get their hands on balls that other teams weren’t able to get their hands on. That’s an area we talked about before the game, but we didn’t do a good job of executing and being strong with the ball.”

Hansen said the Mavs must improve on things like that quickly with Arizona State coming up next.

“This game doesn’t hurt us, but we’re going to learn from it,” he said. “In 48 hours, we’re going to be two time zones from here and it won’t be any different. And we have to be ready from the get-go.”

UNO (3-4)

FG FT RB PF A Min TP

Gibson 5-14 2-4 4 0 2 32 16

Akinwole 3-8 0-0 2 3 1 32 8

Jackson 5-12 1-3 1 1 2 30 13

Pile 2-2 0-0 5 4 0 20 4

Hahn 1-7 0-0 6 2 1 20 3

Duplechan 0-4 1-2 2 1 0 17 1

Tut 2-4 0-0 7 2 2 20 4

Miller 1-3 0-0 1 3 1 9 2

Barney 2-5 0-0 3 3 2 19 4

Tricker 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals 21-59 4-9 33 19 11 200 55

 3-point shots (9-32) — Gibson 4-11, Akinwole 2-5, Jackson 2-6, Hahn 1-4, Duplechan 0-1, Miller 0-2, Barney 0-3.

 Team rebounds — 2. Turnovers — 20. Shot percent — 35.6.

IOWA STATE (6-1)

FG FT RB PF A Min TP

Weiler-Babb 0-1 0-0 3 2 3 26 0

Shayok 6-14 6-6 7 0 5 30 18

Horton-Tucker 6-14 0-1 6 2 1 27 14

Jacobson 5-9 3-6 10 1 2 24 13

Haliburton 6-7 1-1 4 0 4 35 16

Griffin 1-4 0-0 5 2 0 15 3

Conditt 1-4 1-2 4 2 0 17 3

Boothe 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 3 0

Lewis 5-10 3-4 3 2 1 20 15

Steyer 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 3 0

Totals 30-65 14-20 46 12 17 200 82

 3-point shots (8-24) — Shayok 0-3, Horton-Tucker 2-7, Jacobson 0-1, Haliburton 3-4, Griffin 1-4, Lewis 2-4, Steyer 0-1.

 Team rebounds — 4. Turnovers — 14. Shot percent — 46.2.

UNO………………………….28 27—55

At Iowa State……………..41 41—82

 A — 13,733. Officials — John Higgins, Bert Smith, Les Jones.

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