USC Upstate 48

(2-12, 1-7 away)

Iowa State 72

(9-5, 5-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 2, 2008

    Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

    1 2 T
    UPST 21 2748
    ISU 32 4072

    Top Performers

    South Carolina Upstate: B. Davis 8 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Iowa State: C. Brackins 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Iowa St. 72, S.C.-Upstate 48

    Associated Press

    AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Jiri Hubalek scored 13 points and Bryan Petersen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a decisive second-half run that carried Iowa State to a 72-48 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday night.

    Wesley Johnson added 12 points and Craig Brackins 10 for the Cyclones (9-5), who won for the sixth time in seven games and host North Dakota on Saturday in their final tuneup for Big 12 play.

    Iowa State had runs of 11-0, 17-3 and then a final 16-4 burst to finish off Upstate (2-12), which rallied after trailing by 20 a little more than 15 minutes into the game.

    Behind 32-12, Upstate went on a 13-0 run spanning halftime to draw to 32-25 in the opening minute of the second half. The Spartans trailed 35-28 after Bobby Davis' free throw but got no closer.

    Petersen, who has been more of a passer than a shooter, hit a 3 from the left of the key, nailed another from the right wing less than a minute later and his teammates took it from there. Corey Johnson and Wesley Johnson combined for the next 10 Iowa State points to stretch the lead to 51-32.

    The Cyclones led by as many as 27 down the stretch. Iowa State shot 57 percent and had just four second-half turnovers after committing 13 in the first half.

    Mezie Uzochukwu led Upstate with 10 points. Luke Payne, the team's leading scorer with a 15.4 average, was held to seven.

    Brackins scored three straight baskets, the last one on a nice lob from Hubalek, to finish an 11-0 run that gave Iowa State an 11-3 lead. The 6-foot-10 freshman had two more buckets during a 17-3 spurt that made it 32-12 with 4:48 left in the half.

    At that point, Iowa State was shooting 67 percent, Upstate had 11 turnovers to only four baskets and the game looked to be a total mismatch.

    But the Cyclones didn't score the rest of the half and the Spartans started their big run, scoring more points in a span of 4:23 than they did in the game's first 16 minutes.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 48 72
    FG Made-Attempted 18-48 (.375) 29-51 (.569)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-11 (.455) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-15 (.467) 8-14 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 27

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