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Iowa State Men's Hoops Season In Review

Release: 04/13/2011
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2010-11 Season In Review

Cyclone Notebook
- Iowa State finished the 2010-11 campaign with a 16-16 overall record and a 3-13 Big 12 mark...the Cyclones battled the entire season with a short roster, as only eight scholarship players were available in the second half of the season.
- Iowa State was the unanimous pick to finish last in the Big 12 in the preseason Big 12 Coaches poll and the Cyclones ended the year in 12th place at 3-13.
- Iowa State surprised many by jumping out to a 13-2 record in non-conference play, the sixth-best start in school history...a neutral-court win over Creighton and wins at Iowa and Virginia highlighted the non-conference portion of the schedule.
- The Cyclones were competitive all season despite their thin roster...nine of ISU's losses were by six points or less and the Cyclones had the lead or were tied with under one minute left in six of their losses, including four vs. Big 12 opponents.
- Iowa State defeated six teams which made postseason play: NCAA (Alabama State), NIT (Colorado, Nebraska, Texas Southern), CBI (Creighton), CIT (Northern Arizona).
- Iowa State played a total of 20 teams which advanced to postseason play.
- Diante Garrett was ISU's leader, earning Big 12 Second-Team honors after leading the Big 12 in assists (6.1) and averaging 17.3 points.

Iowa State Team Records And Notes
- Hoiberg was just the third coach in school history to start his Cyclone career at 6-0: Wayne Morgan (7-0, 2003-04); Greg McDermott (6-0, 2006-07).
- Iowa State's 6-0 start tied for the fifth-best start in school history without a loss.
- Hoiberg's 13-2 start was the second-best start by a first-year coach with two losses (Tim Floyd, 17-2; 1994-95) and it was the sixth-best start overall in school history.
- Iowa State won the five-team Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge with a 4-0 record.
- Iowa State's 13 wins in non-conference play is the fourth-best total in school history.
- The Cyclones held back-to-back opponents to below 30 percent shooting (Alabama State, 27.1%; Drake, 22.4%) for the first time in the modern era (1950-present).
- When ISU held Drake to just 22.4 percent from the floor it marked the third-lowest opponent field goal percentage by a Cyclone team in the modern era (1950-present).
- Iowa State's 48-point win over Drake (91-43) was the largest margin of victory by an ISU team since defeating Illinois-Chicago by 51 points (95-44) on Jan. 2, 2001.
- ISU scored 90 points in three-straight games (91 vs Drake, 91 vs. Creighton, 91 vs. Kennesaw State) for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
- ISU scored 104 points vs. Chicago State, marking the first time the Cyclones reached the century mark in a game since defeating Mountain State, 101-82 on Nov. 20, 2005.
- ISU made 13 or more 3-pointers in a game four times this season, four of the top nine single-game 3-pointers made performances in school history.
- ISU was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line vs. Kansas, the first time the Cyclones were perfect at the free-throw line since going 9-for-9 vs. Alabama (Dec. 23, 2007).
- Twice the Cyclones held an opponent to below 20 points in a half (15 pts.- Dartmouth, 2nd; 15 pts.- Virginia, 1st)...both of those totals tie for the ninth lowest opponent half output in Iowa State history since 1950.
- ISU's 95 points scored vs. Colorado was the most against a Big 12 team in a non-overtime game since scoring 96 vs. Colorado in 2006.
- ISU ranked fifth in the Big 12 and 63rd nationally in 3-point pct. (36.8 pct.).
- ISU shot 40 pct. or above from beyond the arc in 14 games.
- At 8.6 3FG made per game, ISU led the Big 12 and ranked 13th nationally in 3-pointers made per game.
- Iowa State averaged 8.4 3-pointers per game in conference games to lead the league.
- ISU broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a season with 275, eclipsing the old mark of 236 set in the 2008-09 season.
- The Cyclones were second in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage in conference games only at 77.1 percent (175-227 FT).
- ISU averaged 74.8 ppg to rank fifth in the Big 12 and 39th is the best scoring average since the 2005-06 season (77.3).
- ISU ranked sixth in the Big 12 and 85th nationally in free-throw pct. (overall games) at 72.1 pct, the best team percentage since 2001-02 (74.8 percent).
- ISU shot 85 percent or better from the free-throw line in seven of 16 Big 12 games.
- In six of ISU's 16 losses, the Cyclones had the lead or were tied with under a minute to play in regulation, including in four Big 12 losses.
- In the losses vs. Oklahoma State (six-point lead), Kansas State (four-point lead) and Oklahoma (three-point lead) the Cyclones had the lead with under a minute remaining.
- Nine of ISU's 16 losses were by six points or less.
- ISU made 10 or more treys in 13 games.
- ISU outshot 18 of 32 opponents this season, going 15-3 in those games.
- ISU was 9-2 when outrebounding its opponent and 7-1 when shooting 50 percent.
- ISU was 9-0 when holding an opponent to under 60 points.
- The Cyclones held 12 teams to below 40 percent shooting, including three below 30 percent (Alabama State, Drake, Dartmouth).
- ISU had five players averaging over 10.3 points per game who accounted for 85.1 percent of the scoring...ISU was one of three teams in the nation to have five players average double figures (Missouri, Detroit) in scoring.
- ISU had at least three players score in double figures in 26 games, had four players score in double figures in 18 games and had five or more players score in double figures in seven games.
- ISU had three players rank in the top-10 in the league in minutes played (1st- Diante Garrett, 36.7; 2nd-Scott Christopherson, 35.8; 9th-Jake Anderson, 33.3).
- Garrett (38.8) and Christopherson (38.1) ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big 12 (league games only) in minutes played.
- ISU had equal or more assists than turnovers in 24 games this season, ranking third in the Big 12 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.2 a/t.
- ISU ranked 42nd nationally in assists (15.0 apg) and 49th nationally in a/t ratio (1.2).
- ISU won four Big 12 Rookie of the Week Awards this year: Jake Anderson (11-15, 2-21); Melvin Ejim (11-22, 12-13).

Individual Honors
Diante Garrett
- All-Big 12 Second-Team (Coaches; Associated Press)
- USBWA All-District VI
- Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge MVP
- Invited to Portsmouth Invitational
- Cousy Award Nominee
Scott Christopherson
- All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches)
Melvin Ejim
- Big 12 All-Freshman Team (
- Big 12 Rookie of the Week (11/22; 12/13)
- Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge All-Tournament
Darion "Jake" Anderson
- Big 12 Rookie of the Week (11/15; 2/21)
- Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge All-Tournament
Bubu Palo
- Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
Fred Hoiberg
- Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year

Experienced Backcourt
- Iowa State's squad was low in numbers and young in the post, but the backcourt had plenty of experience.
- Starting senior guards Diante Garrett (99 starts) and Darion "Jake" Anderson (106 starts) had a combined 205 starts in Division I.
- Add in junior Scott Christopherson, the Cyclones' other starter in the three-guard attack, who has 46 career starts, and that total increases to 251 career Division I starts in the backcourt for the Cyclones.
- The backcourt trio scored a combined 3,603 points in their careers and accounted for 58.0 percent of Iowa State's scoring this season.
- Garrett and Anderson both eclipsed the 1,000-point total in their respective careers...Garrett has 1,364 career points and Anderson has 1,563 points in his career.
- The last time Iowa State had two 1,000-point scorers in its lineup was in 2005-06: Curtis Stinson (1,651) and Will Blalock (1,078).

The Cyclones Dig The Long Ball
- Iowa State, with its arsenal of efficient shooters dotting the lineup at all times, thrived by the deep shot during the 2010-11 season.
- The Cyclones ranked fifth in the Big 12 in 3-point accuracy (36.8 percent) and led the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (8.6 3fg).
- ISU ranked 13th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.6).
- Iowa State's 275 3-pointers during the season set a new single-season school record, eclipsing the old mark of 236 treys set by the 2008-09 team.
- ISU ranked 63rd nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (36.8 percent).
- ISU made nine or more treys in 16 games, including 14 vs. Baylor and Kansas, which ties for the second-best single-game total in school history.
Most Prolific 3-Point Shooting Teams in Iowa State History (3-pt. pg)
2010-11  8.59
2008-09  7.37
2005-06  6.70

Most 3-Pointers Made in a Season by an Iowa State Team
2010-11  275
2008-09  236
2009-10  209
2006-07  203
2005-06  201

Short In Numbers
- The Cyclones only had 11 players eligible to play during the season.
- Of the 11 players on the active roster, eight had never played a game for the Cyclones prior to the season (Palo, Anderson, Ejim, Railey, Godfrey, McKnight, McBeth, Mitchell).
- The Cyclones were forced to add two members of the football team as walk-ons to help fill out the roster...Austin McBeth and Drew Mitchell joined the team prior to the Northern Illinois game on Jan. 3.
- It marked the first time that an ISU football player joined the men's basketball team since Hughes Suffren did it in the 1988-89 season.
- Iowa State had five current players on the roster who sat out under NCAA transfer rules (Chris Babb, Chris Allen, Anthony Booker, John Lamb, Royce White).

Relying On The Starters
- Because of its limited bench, Iowa State's starters all averaged over 27.8 minutes per game and accounted for 85.1 percent of the team's scoring.
- All five starters averaged over double figures in scoring, one of three teams in the nation to have five players in double-digit scoring (Missouri, Detroit).
- Diante Garrett tallied nine complete games, tying for sixth on ISU's season chart.
- Garrett played in 620 of a possible 655 minutes in Big 12 action, ranking first in the Big 12 in minutes played (38.8) in conference games.

Cyclone Marksmen: Scott Christopherson And Jamie Vanderbeken
- Two of the best outside shooters in Iowa State history were among the Cyclone starting five in senior Jamie Vanderbeken and junior Scott Christopherson.
- Christopherson currently has the best 3-point field goal percentage clip in Cyclone history (minimum of 50 makes) at 43.7 percent (131-300 3FG).
- Vanderbeken is third on the list at 42.4 percent (108-255 3FG)...the 6-11 center was a difficult matchup for opposing bigs with his ability to stretch the defense.
- The duo combined for 43.1 pct. from downtown (239-555 3FG) in their careers.
- The pair carried over their success to this season, as Christopherson was 86-of-195 (44.1 percent) and Vanderbeken was 65-of-153 (42.5 percent) from 3-point range.
- Christopherson was third in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in 3FG percentage (44.1%) and ranked second in the Big 12 and 33rd nationally in 3-pointers pg (2.8).
- Vanderbeken was fourth in the Big 12 in 3-point accuracy (42.5 percent)...he was seventh in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (2.2).
- Christopherson has made a 3-pointer in a school-record 34-straight games and had 24 games with two or more treys on the year, including eight with four or more.
- Christopherson tallied two games with seven 3-pointers (California, Iowa) and Vanderbeken made seven treys vs. Baylor and six vs. Northern Arizona, Oklahoma St.
- With over 50 treys made by Christopherson (86), Vanderbeken (65) and Diante Garrett (59), it marks the first time in school history where three Cyclones recorded 50 or more 3-pointers in a season.
- Christopherson (86) and Vanderbeken (65) are just the second Cyclone duo to make over 60 3-pointers in a season: Fred Hoiberg (89) and Hurl Beechum (65) in 1994-95.
- Christopherson earned honorable mention all-league honors by the Big 12 Coaches.
Consecutive Games With A 3-Pointer By A Cyclone
1. 34, Scott Christopherson 2010-
2. 27, Mike Taylor 2007
3. 21, Dedric Willoughby 1996-97
4. 16, Lucca Staiger 2009-10
   16, Tim Barnes  2003

Garrett Was The Leader
- Iowa State senior Diante Garrett was the undisputed leader of the Iowa State team, pacing the team and ranking in the top-six in the Big 12 in scoring (17.3, 5th), assists (6.1, 1st) and steals (1.7, 6th).
u Named All-Big 12 Second Team by the league's coaches and Associated Press...was also a USBWA District VI pick.
- Garrett was arguably one of the most improved players in the nation, increasing his scoring by 8.1 ppg from last season (9.2-17.3 ppg).
- Finished career as Iowa State's all-time leader in games played at 128.
- Totaled the second-most assists in Iowa State history (611) and ranks ninth in career steals (153) in the ISU record books.
- Ranks 16th all-time in career scoring at ISU with 1,364 points.
- His 611 career assists ranks fifth all-time in Big 12 history...he is one of just three players in Big 12 history to record 1,300 points and 600 assists in a career: Kirk Hinrich (Kansas) and John Roberson (Texas Tech) are the others.
- Garrett filled up the stat sheet, ranking in the top-100 nationally in three categories (11th-assists, 6.1; 84th-scoring, 17.3; 83rd-steals, 1.7).
- Became the first Cyclone to lead the Big 12 in assists since the first season of the league (1996-97) when Jacy Holloway (5.9 apg) did it.
- As Iowa State's leader in scoring (17.3) and assists (6.1), the Cyclone star accounted for 47.0 percent of Iowa State's field goals this season, second-best among all players from a BCS Conference school.
- One of two players in the nation to average 17.0 points and 6.0 assists (Nate Wolters of South Dakota State is the other).
- Made 93.3 percent of his shots from the free-throw line (28-30) in Big 12 play...made his last 19 free-throws.
- Led the league in minutes played in overall games (36.7 mpg) and conference games only (38.8 mpg), recording eight complete games.
- Played in nine complete games, tying for the sixth on Iowa State's season list.
- Since the league formed in 1996-97, only nine Big 12 players (Chauncey Billups, CU, 1997; Reggie Freeman, UT, 1997; Tyronn Lue, NU, 1998; Bernard King, TAMU, 2001; Curtis Stinson, ISU, 2004 & 2006; Acie Law, TAMU, 2007; D.J. Augustin, UT, 2008; Sherron Collins, KU, 2009; Diante Garrett, ISU, 2011) have ranked in the top-five in the league in scoring and assists in a single-season.
- Became just the second player in ISU history to join the 1,000-point/600-assist club...he totaled 1,364 points and 611 assists in his career.
Iowa State's 1,000-point/600-assist Club
Player                                  Points  Assists
Jeff Hornacek, 1983-86  1,313  665
Diante Garrett, 2008-11  1,364  611

Big 12's 1,300-point/600-assist Club
Player                             Points  Assists
Kirk Hinrich, KU          1,753  668
John Roberson, TTU   1,769  636
Diante Garrett, ISU     1,364  611

Ejim One Of Big 12's Best Freshmen
- Since freshmen were allowed to become eligible in the 1972-73 season, only 19 Cyclone rookies have ever started the season-opener...Ejim achieved the feat vs. NAU.
- Ejim scored in double figures in his first six games of his career...only two Cyclone freshmen have achieved this feat (Adam Haluska, 8 games in 2002-03).
- Ejim scored in double figures in 16 of 32 games this year.
- Ejim was second on the team and 11th in the Big 12 in rebounding at 6.7 rpg.
- Ejim averaged 2.9 orpg in league games only, ranking third in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding.
- Ejim's 6.7 rpg game average is the third-best season rookie average in Iowa State history and was the fourth-best among all Big 12 rookies in 2010-11.
u Posted 214 rebounds, the third-most ever by an Iowa State rookie.
- Tied for the team lead in double-doubles with four, which ties for fifth all-time among Iowa State freshmen.
Most Rebounds By An Iowa State Freshman
1. 306 Dean Uthoff, 1976-77
2. 244 Wesley Johnson, 2006-07
3. 214 Melvin Ejim, 2010-11
4. 213 Jeff Grayer, 1984-85

Most Double-Doubles By Iowa State Freshmen
1. 12 Dean Uthoff, 1976-77
2. 11 Wesley Johnson, 2006-07
3. 6 Marcus Fizer, 1997-98
4. 5 Curtis Stinson, 2003-04
5. 4 Melvin Ejim, 2010-11
   4 Jeff Grayer, 1984-85
   4 Ron Harris, 1980-81

A Small Man On The Boards
- Iowa State's leader in rebounding was senior Darion "Jake" Anderson at 7.2 rpg...Anderson, listed at 6-2, was one of the best rebounding guards in the nation.
- Anderson led the Cyclones in rebounding in 13 games and had seven double-digit rebounding efforts, including a career-high 15 vs. Creighton.
- Tied for the team lead in double-doubles with four.
- Recorded a career-high 33 points in the season finale vs. Colorado at the Big 12 tied for the fourth-best scoring effort in Big 12 Championship history and ranks No. 2 in Iowa State Big 12 Championship history behind Marcus Fizer (38 points vs. Baylor in 2000).
- Won two Big 12 Rookie of the Week Awards.
- Anderson, who ranked eighth in the Big 12 in rebounding (7.2 rpg), became the only player in Iowa State history to average 7.0 rebounds or more at 6-2 or under...Dave Collins, who was listed at 6-2, grabbed 6.3 rpg in the 1968-69 season for the Cyclones.

Godfrey Stepped Up Late
- Freshman Calvin Godfrey increased his minutes and production in the latter portion of the season.
- In the last seven games, Godfrey averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and shot 63.8 percent from the field.
- Godfrey recorded a career-high 23 points and tallied 11 boards in Iowa State's win over Colorado.
- Godfrey led the Cyclones in field goal percentage (55.4 percent), the third-best rookie shooting percentage clip in school history.
- Was second on the team in blocks with 27, tying for the fifth-best freshman blocked shot total in school history.

Best Iowa State Freshmen Field Goal Percentages (100 attempts)
1. 57.3 Fred Hoiberg, 1991-92
2. 57.0 Justin Hamilton, 2008-09
3. 55.4 Calvin Godfrey, 2010-11
4. 54.0 Rahshon Clark, 2004-05

Iowa State Freshmen Blocked Shots Leaders
1. 40 Jared Homan, 2001-02
2. 37 Julius Michalik, 1991-92
3. 33 Wesley Johnson, 2006-07
4. 31 Craig Brackins, 2007-08
5. 27 Calvin Godfrey, 2010-11
   27 Marcus Fizer, 1997-98


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