IOWA CITY, Iowa – For years, Iowa State got the better of rival Iowa in part because the Cyclones had more experience.
The Hawkeyes flipped that all around behind three kids who were in high school the last time the Hawkeyes beat Iowa State.
Sophomore Aaron White had 18 points to lead Iowa past rival Iowa State 80-71 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Cyclones.
Freshman point guard Anthony Clemmons added a season-high 14 points and eight assists, and freshman Mike Gesell had nine of his 11 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (8-2), who also beat Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg for the first time in three tries.
“Clemmons was spectacular. He’s got an amazing ability to remain in control, think the game, know what we want,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “I was particularly proud of Mike Gesell.”
Iowa blew a 10-point lead in the first half. But the Hawkeyes took control with an 8-0 run to start the second half and led the rest of the way.
Iowa improved to 7-0 at home this season, while the Cyclones (6-3) lost for the third time in five games.
Korie Lucious and Percy Gibson each scored 14 points for Iowa State. Will Clyburn, the leading scorer for the Cyclones this season, was held scoreless.
“We just didn’t play smart basketball coming out of the gate,” Hoiberg said.