MBB Suffers Road Loss at Iowa State, 57-41
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Richard Roby scored a game-high 13 points and Marcus Hall added nine points and nine rebounds, but the Iowa State Cyclones took the lead in the second half, running to a 57-41 victory over Colorado, Tuesday night.
Craig Brackins and Jiri Hubalek each scored 10 points for Iowa State.
Reserve guard Sean Haluska added a career-high nine points for the Cyclones (13-8, 3-3 Big 12), who held Colorado to a season low for points.
Freshman Cory Higgins snagged a career-high five steals.
Iowa State's ninth straight win at home came at a price. Wesley Johnson, the Cyclones' leading scorer, is out indefinitely, according to Iowa State coach Greg McDermott. Johnson missed the first four games of the season with a bone bruise in his left foot. McDermott said that Johnson appeared to reaggravate that injury when he came down on a Colorado player's foot.
The Buffs held the Cyclones to a season-low 15 points in the first half.
Iowa State struggled against Colorado's press, which allowed the Buffaloes to jump out to an early lead. Things only got worse for the Cyclones after Johnson headed to the locker room, as they went scoreless over the final 4:44 of the first half. The Buffaloes took a 22-15 lead into the break on a jumper by Roby just before the buzzer.
The Cyclones pulled away from Colorado (9-11, 1-5) down the stretch. Haluska hit a 3 and Diante Garrett hit a layup - drawing Richard Roby's fifth foul in the process - to help Iowa State jump ahead 47-39 with 4:04 left. Colorado had just 19 points in the second half, on 5-of-21 shooting from the field.
Iowa State has now beaten Colorado in 16 of their last 17 meetings in Ames.
Colorado will return home to take on the No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ABC.