The Iowa State Cyclones won their first game in nearly a year on Tuesday night, opening the season with an 84-73 win over Kennesaw State at Hilton Coliseum.
The win also doubled as the first win for new head coach T.J. Otzelberger, who took over the program in March after the firing of Steve Prohm.
The Cyclones’ disastrous 2-22 season in 2020-21 led to Prohm’s dismissal. The Cyclones failed to win a Big 12 game, which means that their last win came on Dec. 20, 2020, when the Cyclones defeated Jackson State, 60-45. Tuesday’s win snapped an 18-game losing streak.
Two transfers and a true freshman led the way for the new-look Cyclones. Minnesota transfer Gabe Kalscheur led the way with 19 points, including an 8-of-13 night at the foul line. Penn State transfer Izaiah Brockington added 18 points for Iowa State, along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The true freshman, Top 50 recruit Tyrese Hunter, had an auspicious debut. He scored 11 points, tied for the team lead with six rebounds, led the Cyclones with five assists and also led them with four steals. Retaining Hunter as a recruit was a priority for Otzelberger when he arrived in Ames.
Caleb Grill had 11 points and Tre Jackson had 10 points coming off the bench for Iowa State.
Veteran forward George Conditt IV had nine points off the bench.
Next up for Iowa State is the opportunity to win two games in a row for the first time since the 2019-20 season when they host Oregon on Friday. Iowa State hasn’t won consecutive games since Dec. 4 and 8, 2019, when they beat Kansas City and Seton Hall.
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