Story courtesy of Central Michigan Sports Information
Iowa State 59, Central Michigan 52
AMES, Iowa – Zach Saylor hit a go-ahead jumper with 6:50 remaining but the Chippewas wouldn’t score another field goal after that in a 59-52 road loss at Iowa State on Sunday afternoon.
The Cyclones (8-3) scored the game’s first nine points and used another 14-0 run to jump out to a 16-point lead just 12 minutes in. Central (5-6) whittled the ISU advantage down to nine at the half, 35-26, and continued to chip away early in the second.
Trey Zeigler gave the Chippewas their first lead, 48-47, on a jumper in the lane with 7:21 to go and after ISU split a pair of free throws tying the score, Saylor hit another jumper from the left wing to but CMU back up by two.
But, the only scoring CMU would get in the six minutes after that was a pair of free throws by Zeigler.The Chippewas were in the game because of their defensive efforts on the nation’s 12th-best 3-point shooting team. Iowa State, which averaged over nine made 3-pointers per game, hit just five in 16 attempts.
However, the physical Cyclones earned 27 trips to the foul line while CMU toed the stripe just six times.
Zeigler led CMU with 19 points and five rebounds off the bench. He was the lone Chippewa to go to the charity stripe and he made all six of his attempts.
Saylor finished with a career-high eight points and four rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.
Royce White notched 14 points and eight boards to lead three ISU players in double figures. Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee each had 11 points.
Central forced 16 ISU turnovers but the Cyclones made up for it by winning the board battle, 36-27.
Austin McBroom also scored eight points for the Chippewas but they all came in the first half.
CMU continues its three-game road trip on Monday night at Nebraska.