Iowa State beat St. John’s, 71-60, at Hilton Coliseum to improve to 7-1 for the season.
The No. 23 Cyclones wrapped up a 2-0 week by taking an 11-point lead over St. John’s (8-1) at halftime and never looking back. The Cyclones handed the Red Storm their first loss of the season. And, the Big 12 drew a 5-5 record in its week-long series of games with the BIG EAST.
Jaren Holmes led the Cyclones with 14 points Aljaz Kunc poured in 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Robert Jones came off the bench to score 11 points. Caleb Grill had just seven points but the guard also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. He also had a team-high five steals.
Posh Alexander led the Red Storm with 14 points. Montez Mathis had 13 points and Rafael Pinzon added 13 points off the bench. Joel Soriano, like Grill, only scored seven points. But he led the Red Storm with 12 rebounds.
The Cyclones head into their rivalry game with Iowa on Thursday, which will be in Iowa City. From there, the Cyclones host McNeese State, Western Michigan and Omaha before hosting Baylor to start Big 12 action on New Year’s Eve.
Big 12-BIG EAST Battle Schedule, Results
(Game times are central)
Series tied, 5-5
Marquette 96, Baylor 70
Butler 76, Kansas State 64
Texas Tech 79, Georgetown 65
TCU 75, Providence 62
UConn 74, Oklahoma State 64
Texas 72, Creighton 67
Kansas 91, Seton Hall 65
Villanova 70, Oklahoma 66
Xavier 84, West Virginia 74
Iowa State 71, St. John’s 60
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