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Iowa State 72, USC Upstate 48

It wasn't our greatest game of the year, but the Cyclones secured a respectable victory by a 24-point margin over a simply horrible USC-Upstate squad.

Simply put, the starters, namely Jiri Hubalek, didn't log a whole lot of minutes tonight, and it was a pretty good game to get some of the reserves some playing time.

The Cyclones jumped out to a big early lead, paced by Craig Brackins, and then, as seems to be their modus operandi, they put cruise control on with the second squad of players. Of course, the Spartans made a bit of a surge late in the first half, and it took until two consecutive Bryan Petersen three pointers a bit into the second stanza before ISU pulled away for good.

Hubalek more or less paced the Cyclones with 13 points and 5 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. He was joined in the frontcourt by Brackins who piled in with 10 and 7 of his own. A reportedly-100%-Wesley Johnson also had twelve points.

Cory Johnson was once again at least somewhat impressive in backup action with 8 points on 3-3 shooting, as well as 6 rebounds.

The Cyclones now host non-D1 North Dakota on Saturday in the nonconference finale in what may indeed be a tougher game than they faced tonight.