Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Iowa State routs Alabama in Battle 4 Atlantis

Iowa State routs Alabama in Battle 4 Atlantis

It didn't start off pretty, but Iowa State caught fire at the right time to beat Alabama in the consolation semi-finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, 104-89.

Prentiss Nixon scored 15 points, and Michael Jacobson and George Conditt added 11 points each for the Cyclones, who won for the third time in their past four games.

David DeJulius had a career-high 14 points for MI, while Zavier Simpson finished with 10 points, a tournament-record 13 assists and seven rebounds.

But he made 5 of 7 on Thursday, while Iowa State made 15 of 29 shots behind the bow in easy his best bucks for the 3s and 3-point percentage this season.

Alabama lost to sixth-placed North Carolina in the opening round on Wednesday, when the Tar Heels ended with a 60-31 rebound advantage.

"It's like the Whack A-Mole game at the show", said Oats. Tonight we are making a huge step back in defense, though we have found the rebound. "You have to deal with them a little better".

Rasir Bolton's shooting effort helped guide Iowa State through a chaotic first half.

Alabama led 14-4 to start the game, but the Cyclones started to heat up from three-point land, hitting nine three-pointers in the first half and taking a 51-36 lead into halftime.

Franz Wagner has been working to return from a wrist fracture he suffered within the fall camp, which has led him to lose the primary month of the common season for the Michigan Wolverines. He's at 34.3% this season and made just 32.8% last season. Big men Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot, not usually offensive focal points, combined for 19 points on 23 shot equivalents.

Petty made 11 of 22 shots and 6 of 9 3s to go with 12 rebounds.

In keeping with a MI spokesman, Wagner is a "game time decision" for Wednesday's competitors in opposition to the state of Iowa within the inaugural spherical of the Battle four Atlantis event. The Crimson Tide rank 236th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).

The Iowa State Cyclones will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort.

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