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Iowa State Cruises In 2nd Half, Beats Dartmouth 71-42

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I was out of town this weekend, but was able to hear the game in its entirety in my car while driving back to Central Iowa. The first half of the game just sounded very sloppy: Iowa State committed 7 turnovers, shot only 38% from the floor, and got outrebounded by 1 by Dartmouth.

Then the second half happened. Actually, more like the second half of the second half. Iowa State was up only 39-30 with about 12 minutes left. From there, Iowa State made their next 5 three pointers they took (DG - 2, Bubu - 2, JVB - 1), which really opened the game up. It helps a ton when your opposition shoots 16% in one half, while you're shooting 57% from beyond the arc in the same half.

Other facts from the game: Diante Garrett scored his 1,000 career point (he scored 27 this game), Bubu Palo had a career high 11 points on 57% shooting in just 17 minutes of play, and all 10 Cyclones scored in this one as well. Also, Melvin Ejim apparently had the greatest block in the history of the game during this one as well. Walters and Heft kept raving about it, I see topics about it on messageboards, and people stated that was the loudest Hilton got during that entire game.

Another interesting thing from this game was the lack of free throw shooting. Dartmouth had only 8 attempts, while ISU had only 4. It just wasn't that physical of a game, and those kind of games really favor Iowa State.

As I stated in the preview to this, Dartmouth isn't a very good team, and Iowa State is going to face another likely win on Tuesday against Chicago (it's not a) State.

I'm getting more and more anxious for that Virginia game, even though it is 11 days away. While I understand why we're playing these teams, it honestly gets hard to get all that jazzed. When you're playing teams Ken Pomeroy has ranked in the upper 200s and lower 300s. The good news is conference play is just around the corner.