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Cyclones Fall To South Dakota State, 65-58

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Release: 12/23/2008
         
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AMES, Iowa –Iowa State struggled from the field (37.7 percent) and committed a season-high 16 turnovers, falling to South Dakota State, 65-58 Tuesday night in Hilton Coliseum. ISU, which falls to 7-4 on the season, scored a season-low 58 points in the loss.

"We had chances to win, but we did not execute," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "We had a foul to give at the end of the first half, and we didn't use it. Then they made a 3-pointer going into the locker room. The little things like that don't seem like much at first, but when you add it up in the end, they are important."

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There were five lead changes and two ties through the first 12 minutes of the opening period, as SDSU clung to a 17-14 lead. Clint Sargent totaled eight points in the early going to help the Jackrabbits take the lead.

SDSU canned two more buckets to go ahead 19-14, but ISU answered with a Bryan Petersen 3-pointer and a Jamie Vanderbeken drive lay-in to tie the game at 19-19 with 5:37 left before intermission.

A Sargent 3-pointer put the Jackrabbits up 27-24 with 2:56 left before the break. ISU then scored eight-straight points on a Brackins’ post move and back-to-back treys from Petersen and Sean Haluska to help the Cyclones go ahead 32-27 with under a minute left. Garrett Callahan then buried a deep triple at the buzzer to make it a 32-30 Cyclone lead at the break. The first half featured a total of eight lead changes and four ties.

SDSU made seven-of-10 shots, including five from Anthony Cordova, to start the second half to move ahead 44-40 with 14:16 left in the game. SDSU continued to be the aggressor, forging a 53-44 lead after a deep trey from Sargent with 7:37 remaining in the game.

ISU could not make a dent into the SDSU lead, turning the ball over and missing free-throws down the stretch. The Jackrabbit lead was still nine points (59-50) with 2:36 left in the game. Lucca Staiger gave the Cyclones a glimmer of hope by knocking down two treys to cut the lead to 59-56 with 1:30 left in the game.

Brackins cut the lead to two points (60-58) with a pair of free-throws with 0:35 seconds left. ISU then put on a fullcourt press, but left Williams wide open on the other end for a dunk to increase the Jackrabbit lead to 62-58 and seal the game.

Brackins finished the game with 18 points and Staiger recorded 12 points for the Cyclones. Sargent and Cordova tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively for the Jackrabbits.

ISU travels to Houston on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.

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