Wigginton-less Cyclones pound Missouri 76-59
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Nick Weiler-Babb had 16 with six assists and Iowa State, minus star guard Lindell Wigginton, throttled Missouri 76-59 on Friday in a matchup of old Big 12 rivals.
Michael Jacobson scored 15 points for the Cyclones (2-0), who avenged a blowout loss in Columbia from last season with a surprisingly complete performance.
Iowa State closed the first half on a 9-0 run and pushed its lead to 47-30 early in the second half. Missouri cut it to 10, but the undermanned Cyclones reeled off eight straight points to jump back on top 61-43. Weiler-Babb’s scoop with 4:52 to go made it 70-49, a bucket that put the Tigers out of their misery.
Mark Smith scored 15 points to lead Missouri (1-1), which committed 25 turnovers.
Wigginton, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, showed up to Friday’s game against Missouri with a cast on his left foot and could be out of action for a considerable period of time.
Wigginton averaged 16.7 points a game last season and nearly declared for the NBA Draft before returning to school. Wigginton had 13 points in Iowa Stat’s 79-53 win over Alabama State on Tuesday.
Missouri: The Tigers had a staggering 15 turnovers in the first half _ four more than they had in a 68-55 win over Central Arkansas in the opener _ and committed 26 fouls. This loss might’ve been the truest sign yet of how much Missouri is going to miss the injured Jontay Porter this season.
Iowa State: With Wigginton out and Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley suspended until at least December, Iowa State’s eight-man rotation currently has four true freshmen in it. It was a highly thought of class, to be sure, but being forced to play them all so soon certainly wasn’t in coach Steve Prohm’s master plan.
Missouri hosts Kennesaw State on Nov. 16
Iowa State hosts Texas Southern on Monday night.