AMES — The baseline opened up.
Iowa State’s Will Clyburn traversed it with a few swift steps, punctuating the wow-worthy move with an emphatic one-handed dunk.
The Hilton Coliseum crowd of 13,975 roared as if to say “finally,” and the Cyclones rolled back memories of a sloppy first half, routing Southern 82-59 in Friday’s season opener.
“Plays like that always excite the team,” said Clyburn, who played in his first official game with ISU since transferring from Utah.
“It brings a lot of energy.”
The Cyclones — who trailed by as many as 11 points before the break — needed it.
The Jaguars’ Derick Beltran scored 18 of his game-high 26 in the first 20 minutes.
“They were good, we were awful,” ISU Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I didn’t recognize that team.”
With the second half came needed shape-shifting.
Clyburn’s move with 10:07 left highlighted a shining sequence for ISU. The score: Cyclones 66, Jaguars 50.
The game: Effectively over, as it came amid a 37-11 ISU run that broke a 41-41 tie.
Clyburn finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists — two to freshman Goerges Niang, who scored 15 points while grabbing 12 boards.
Sophomore Percy Gibson joined the double-double brigade, notching a team-high 17 points with 10 rebounds.
The Cyclones enjoyed a punishing 59-33 advantage on the glass.
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