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Iowa State holds off Iowa 84-78 for 6th straight win

AMES, Iowa (AP) If Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton's Cy-Hawk debut was any indication, Iowa might its hands full with the Cyclones' newest star for years to come.

Wigginton scored 24 points, becoming the first Cyclones freshman with at least 20 in three straight games since Marcus Fizer, and Iowa State held off rival Iowa 84-78 on Thursday night.

Nick Weiler-Babb had 15 points and 10 assists for the Cyclones (6-2), who've won six in a row after a 0-2 start.

''I think we can surprise some people, and I learned that when things are tough, that they can respond. I learned that we've got good character. If you've got character, ability and toughness, you can do special things,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

Neither team could get separation for much of a game that featured 17 lead changes and seven ties. But Wigginton followed a corner 3 by Donovan Jackson with one of his own, putting Iowa State ahead 72-63 with 6:15 left - a lead the Cyclones would not relinquish.

Jack Nunge pulled the Hawkeyes within 79-76 on a jumper with 28 seconds to go. But that's as close as they would get, as free throws by Hans Brase and Weiler-Babb clinched Iowa State's eighth consecutive home win over Iowa.

Weiler-Babb, who only moved to point guard last month, has had at least 10 assists in four consecutive games.

''I've got confidence in all the guys on the court,'' Weiler-Babb said. ''We just stuck together.''

Jordan Bohannon hit five 3s and had 19 points and Nunge added 16 for the Hawkeyes (4-6), who've dropped six of their last seven.

Iowa outrebounded the Cyclones 53-31. But it also committed 18 turnovers and shot a ghastly 1 of 8 from the free throw line.

''The effort was there. The execution was not at times,'' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. ''You look at the stats. 53 to 31 on the glass, you're supposed to win. But 12 turnovers in the second half, 18 turnovers leading to 28 points, that's why we lost.''

THE BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The young Hawkeyes finally looked like a team that could win a few games in the Big Ten. They crashed the boards for 20 offensive rebounds, and Bohannon found his 3-point stroke. But Iowa hasn't won a game in Hilton Coliseum in 14 years for a reason. It's a tough place to play - especially when the crowd is as into the game as it was on Thursday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones still have a ways to go if they hope to compete for a decent record in Big 12 play. But they're getting better with every game, and the resilience Iowa State showed in beating back the pesky Hawks will come in handy this winter.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

The Cyclones trailed by five at halftime before clawing back early in the second half. Wigginton fought through the lane and was fouled on a layup that hung on the rim for a split second before falling in. That gave Iowa State a 48-47 lead - and sent a sellout crowd into a fury. ''I was just trying to be aggressive,'' Wigginton said. ''A guy hit me on the arm. I just threw it up, and it went in.''

LINEUP SHUFFLE

Iowa gave junior guard Brady Ellingson his first career start. The Hawkeyes also gave Nunge, a freshman, his third career start while pushing fellow newcomer Luka Garza to the bench for the first time in his young career. It was Iowa's fifth different lineup in six games. Ellingson scored just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting, and Garza played just seven minutes.

KEY NUMBERS

Iowa State went 15 of 20 from the line. ...Jackson had 12 points, but on 4 of 13 shooting. ...Cordell Pemsl, an Iowa native, had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Iowa before taking a hard spill into the Iowa State student section late in the game.

UP NEXT

Iowa plays Southern in Iowa City on Sunday.

Iowa State hosts Alcorn State on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Bohannon
N. Weiler-Babb
37.4 Min. Per Game 37.4
13.7 Pts. Per Game 13.7
7.4 Ast. Per Game 7.4
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
43.0 Field Goal % 54.3
47.7 Three Point % 44.4
84.6 Free Throw % 76.7
+ 2 Lindell Wigginton made driving layup, assist by Nick Weiler-Babb 3.0
+ 2 Jordan Bohannon made driving layup 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Nicholas Baer 14.0
  Nick Weiler-Babb missed 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Nick Weiler-Babb made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Nicholas Baer 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Nick Weiler-Babb 14.0
  Jack Nunge missed floating jump shot 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Jack Nunge 19.0
  Jack Nunge missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
+ 1 Hans Brase made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
Team Stats
Points 78 84
Field Goals 33-74 (44.6%) 30-65 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 11-36 (30.6%) 9-27 (33.3%)
Free Throws 1-8 (12.5%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 31
Offensive 20 6
Defensive 32 24
Team 1 1
Assists 23 16
Steals 2 9
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 17 8
Fouls 19 13
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
24 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Iowa 4-6 413778
home team logo Iowa State 6-2 364884
Team Stats
away team logo Iowa 4-6 79.4 PPG 40.1 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Iowa State 6-2 73.5 PPG 40.4 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
3
J. Bohannon G 13.2 PPG 2.1 RPG 5.3 APG 42.6 FG%
5
L. Wigginton G 16.0 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.9 APG 40.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Bohannon G 19 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
L. Wigginton G 24 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
44.6 FG% 46.2
30.6 3PT FG% 33.3
12.5 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bohannon 31 19 1 2 0 0 4 3 7/13 5/10 0/0 0 1
J. Nunge 23 16 8 4 0 1 0 4 7/14 1/5 1/3 4 4
B. Ellingson 30 7 4 5 2 0 2 1 3/11 1/6 0/1 0 4
I. Moss 17 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 2
T. Cook 25 2 8 5 0 0 3 2 1/5 0/2 0/2 4 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bohannon 31 19 1 2 0 0 4 3 7/13 5/10 0/0 0 1
J. Nunge 23 16 8 4 0 1 0 4 7/14 1/5 1/3 4 4
B. Ellingson 30 7 4 5 2 0 2 1 3/11 1/6 0/1 0 4
I. Moss 17 4 2 1 0 1 1 0 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 2
T. Cook 25 2 8 5 0 0 3 2 1/5 0/2 0/2 4 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Pemsl 17 10 8 3 0 0 1 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 4 4
N. Baer 21 8 7 2 0 0 2 4 3/7 2/5 0/0 5 2
M. Dailey 18 6 6 0 0 0 1 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 6
A. Wagner 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
R. Kriener 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 1
L. Garza 7 2 4 1 0 0 2 2 1/1 0/0 0/2 1 3
D. Uhl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Till - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCaffery - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 78 52 23 2 3 17 19 33/74 11/36 1/8 20 32
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Wigginton 37 24 2 2 0 0 0 2 9/18 4/8 2/3 0 2
N. Weiler-Babb 37 15 6 10 4 0 3 1 5/10 1/3 4/5 0 6
D. Jackson 34 12 1 0 1 0 2 3 4/13 2/8 2/2 0 1
S. Young 28 8 7 0 1 0 0 2 4/8 0/0 0/1 2 5
J. Beverly 13 6 3 1 0 1 1 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Wigginton 37 24 2 2 0 0 0 2 9/18 4/8 2/3 0 2
N. Weiler-Babb 37 15 6 10 4 0 3 1 5/10 1/3 4/5 0 6
D. Jackson 34 12 1 0 1 0 2 3 4/13 2/8 2/2 0 1
S. Young 28 8 7 0 1 0 0 2 4/8 0/0 0/1 2 5
J. Beverly 13 6 3 1 0 1 1 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Lewis 9 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 2/5 2/5 2/2 0 1
C. Lard 12 6 3 0 0 0 1 3 3/5 0/0 0/1 3 0
H. Brase 27 5 7 3 2 0 1 1 0/2 0/2 5/6 0 7
J. Long 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
Z. Talley Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 84 30 16 9 1 8 13 30/65 9/27 15/20 6 24