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Iowa State defeats rival Iowa 75-72 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Well it is super early but Fred Hoiberg is looking like the right man for the job at Iowa State. His Cyclones invaded Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday night and took down their Big 10 rivals by a score of 75-72.

Scott Christopherson was amazing again for Iowa State, finishing with a game high 30 points while going 7-12 from beyond the arc. His shooting propelled the Clones back from a 40-31 halftime deficit.

To open the second half, Iowa State came out of the gates to score the first eight points behind a Christopherson three pointer and a Melvin Ejim three to make it a one point game.  After that it was a back & forth contest until Iowa State went on a run mid-way through the period to open the lead all the way up to 61-52.

Iowa fought back to make it a two point game late but Christopherson buried the Hawkeyes with a three point dagger with 40 seconds left that moved the score up to 73-68.

Along with the aforementioned Christopherson, Iowa State had three other players finish with double figures in points: Jake Anderson with 10, Diante Garrett with 10 & Melvin Ejim with 15. The only real bad stat of the night came from Garrett who finished 5-24 from the field with 7 of those misses being from deep.

The Hawkeyes who move to 5-5 on the year were led by Matt Gatens with 15 points. Their leading scorer entering the game, Eric May, was held to 2 points on 1-6 shooting from the field.

With the win Iowa State improves their record to 8-2 on the season and they now own a road win over a BCS conference opponent. Big 12 teams and fans should take note of what Iowa State is doing so far and realize that Hilton Coliseum will not be an easy W on the schedule as some may have suspected entering the year.