No. 16 Iowa St. 74, Loyola NO 44
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa State coach Tim Floyd admitted Tuesday night he was looking past Loyola-New Orleans, preparing his team instead for Saturday’s Big Eight opener against Colorado.
And the 16th-ranked Cyclones played like a team taking its opponent lightly, though they had little trouble beating the Wolfpack, an NAIA Division II school, 74-44.
``We were a little casual tonight,″ said Floyd, noting that Iowa State had five turnovers Saturday night against San Diego and nine in the first half Tuesday night.
``That word probably describes us best on the offensive end, very casual. I think that tells you a little bit about how prepared you are for the game. Maybe I deserve a little credit for that also.
``For the first time in my career, ever, I talked in terms of preparing for Colorado on Saturday night and that’s what our practices were about. That’s probably a poor message to your players.″
Despite Floyd’s feelings, Iowa State (11-1) had little trouble setting the school record with its ninth consecutive victory.
The Cyclones led 13-11 before scoring 15 straight points in a 26-3 run that saw them open up a 39-14 lead with five minutes left in the first half. Iowa State led 45-20 at halftime and had as much as a 32-point lead late in the game.
Loyola (4-8) never got closer than 23 points in the second half.
``I want to give Loyola credit,″ Floyd said. ``They were very patient on the offensive end of the floor and they did a nice job defensively. They came in here with a plan.″
Julius Michalik led Iowa State with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Loren Meyer added 13 points and Fred Hoiberg and James Hamilton scored 10 each.
Hoiberg, who has scored in double figures in 40 consecutive games, scored seven points in the first half and didn’t get his 10th point until he made a 3-pointer with 3:12 to play. The basket tied Justus Thigpen’s school record of 125 3-pointers set in 1993.
Iowa State shot a season-low 63 percent from the free throw line, hitting 17 of 27 attempts, but Floyd blamed it on concentration.
``There wasn’t a lot of pressure or stress on us at the line,″ he said.
Defensively, Iowa State gave up a season-low 20 points in the first half and a season-low for points in a game.
Loyola, led by Brian Lumar with 12 points, made just 23 percent of its shots, 15-for-66. The Wolfpack were 7-for-30 from the field in the first half.
``I thought that the one glaring statistic was our 23-percent shooting,″ coach Jerry Hernandez said. ``There are several factors that contributed to that. This is a good ballclub and I think Tim Floyd is one of the best, if not the best, defensive coach in the nation. I was proud of our defensive effort. If we don’t play hard every second of the game, we’re in a lot of trouble.″