Des Moines Register
Published 4:31 PM EST Nov 21, 2018
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Marial Shayok certainly didn’t play like a guy with a sprained right knee.
He looked every bit as mobile and agile as when he’s healthy, during Iowa State’s 87-57 victory against San Diego State on Wednesday in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational.
The Virginia transfer scored 21 points, shot 4-for-6 from 3-point range and ran the floor with authority as the Cyclones head home with a 5-1 record.
Sprained knee? No problem.
He did it during Tuesday’s victory against Illinois. Actually, he tweaked it twice in that game, but not bad enough to keep him from playing against the Aztecs.
Mike Jacobson played another workhorse game with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Terrence Lewis came off the bench to score 16.
It took a while this season for the Cyclones to get into one of those 3-point shooting grooves fans have seen, but once they successfully found the range — swish.
And they found it early on Wednesday.
They ran to a 46-32 halftime lead after going 9-of-19 from long-range. What makes this significant is that the Cyclones missed 20 of their 24 three-point attempts during Monday’s 71-66 first-round loss against Arizona.
Wednesday, making shots from the perimeter was the plan, considering San Diego State’s 6-foot-10 Jalen McDaniels came into the game averaging better than a blocked shot a game and eight rebounds.
Shayok was 3-for-4 from 3-point distance while scoring 11 first-half points. Nick Weiler-Babb made half of his six 3-point attempts. By the time Iowa State cooled off, the outcome was all but decided.
Shooting like that makes it easy to see why coach Steve Prohm was confident the Iowa State basketball team he coaches could withstand seven-game suspensions for Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley. He figured all along that others would pick up their slack.
Iowa State, with only eight available scholarship players, won two of three games in the Maui Invitational — not only were Lard and Talley sitting out, but starters Lindell Wigginton and Solomon Young were also sidelined with injuries.
The Cyclones’ 5-1 record includes wins against Missouri of the SEC, Illinois of the Big Ten and now the Mountain West’s Aztecs.
Iowa State’s next game is at 7 p.m. Monday against Omaha at Hilton Coliseum.Diego, dominates, Finish, Invitational, Iowa, Maui, San, State