No. 11 Iowa State beats Southeastern Louisiana 77-54

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Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington (1) drives to the basket ahead of Southeastern Louisiana guard Joe Kasperzyk, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Caleb Grill and Izaiah Brockington combined for 37 points and No. 11 Iowa State pulled away from Southeastern Louisiana for a 77-54 victory Sunday to remain unbeaten.

Grill finished with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting for the Cyclones (11-0), including 6 of 10 from 3-point range. Brockington added 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Grill’s shots from beyond the arc helped Iowa State build leads of 14-7, 34-23 and 39-24. The Cyclones made eight of 10 shots while extending their margin to 53-34 with less than nine minutes to play.

Southeastern (4-8) shot just 37% for the game, including eight of 29 from 3-point range. Gus Okafor led the Lions with 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The last time Iowa State won its first 11 games was the 2013-14 season, when the Cyclones went 14-0.

The Cyclones were holding opponents to 57.1 points per game heading into Sunday and have now held eight opponents to 60 points or fewer.

Both teams were shaky early. Iowa State committed four turnovers in the first four minutes. Southeastern made just three of its first 16 shots, including going 1 for 10 from 3-point range.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State has gone from 18 straight losses to end last season to a possible Top-10 team when the Cyclones tip off Big 12 Conference play on Jan. 1 against current No. 1 Baylor. Coach T.J. Otzelberger’s team was picked to finish last in the conference before the season.

UP NEXT

Southeastern: The Lions visit Iowa on Tuesday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones are scheduled to host Chicago State on Tuesday, but that game is in jeopardy after Chicago State’s game Sunday at nearby Drake was postponed. No reason was given, but media reports cited COVID-19 issues within the Chicago State program.

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