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Cyclones Victorious In First Game In Italy, 96-55

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August 12th, 2011 by Jim Field

OLEGGIO, Italy- The Iowa State men’s basketball team opened the second half on a 23-5 run en route to 96-55 win over Oleggio Basket Thursday evening in Oleggio, Italy.The game was the first of Iowa State’s Italian trip.

The Cyclones struggled at the beginning, holding a 43-32 lead at the half. But the decisive run to begin the second half broke open the game. Scott Christopherson capped off an 11-1 run with a trey to give the Cyclones a 66-37 lead with just over six minutes expired in the second half.

“I thought early on was to be expected,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We hadn’t played in three days and done anything basketball-wise. It took us awhile to get our legs underneath us. But once we got settled down, I was very pleased with the effort. That was one thing that was constant the whole game was how hard we played. We helped each other out on defense and got a lot of deflections and steals which led to some easy fast-break baskets.”

Melvin Ejim was one of five Cyclones in double-figure scoring, tallying a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. Ejim was 7-of-10 from the floor. Chris Babb led all scorers with 16 points, followed by 14 points from Christopherson. Babb also recorded six steals.

Royce White scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor. But the Cyclone forward helped out in other ways, grabbing 12 caroms and dishing out a team-high seven assists.

Iowa State didn’t shoot it very well from long-range, going 5-of-22 from beyond the arc. The game featured four 10-minute quarters and a NBA regulation 3-point line.

“The one thing we didn’t do well tonight was shoot the ball well,” Hoiberg said. “If we made our normal shots, we score 110. If we play with this kind of effort and intensity we are going to be fine.”

The Cyclones will play again tomorrow vs. Sondrio All-Stars in Verase. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CST.

 

Iowa State Statistics
Babb: 16 pts (7-16 fg, 2-8 3fg) 2 reb, 2 asst, 6 stls
Ejim: 14 pts (7-10 fg), 12 reb
Christopherson: 14 pts (6-14 fg, 2-6 3fg), 2 asst
Booker: 12 pts (5-7 fg), 2 reb
Gibson: 11 pts (5-8 fg), 8 reb
Allen: 9 pts (3-9 fg, 1-4 3fg), 2 asst
White: 6 pts (3-5 fg), 12 reb, 7 asst, 4 stls
Palo 5 pts (2-3 fg), 1 reb, 1 asst
Sledge 5 pts (2-2 fg), 1 asst, 1 stl
Railey: 2 pts (1-4 fg), 4 reb, 2 blks
McGee: 2 pts (1-10 fg), 2 reb, 2 asst, 2 stls

Chiefs Sign Offensive Tackle Jared Gaither

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August 11th, 2011 by Jim Field

     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Ravens tackle Jared Gaither in an attempt to add experience to the offensive line.  The 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither played three seasons in Baltimore, starting at left tackle in 2008 and ’09.  Gaither missed all of last season with back problems, but he could provide sound depth and potentially move into the starting lineup if he remains healthy. He’s played 33 regular season games, making 28 starts, along with starting in five postseason games for the Ravens.  Branden Albert has solidified one of the tackle spots, but Barry Richardson has struggled throughout the start of training camp at the other position. The Chiefs’ only veteran backup is Ryan O’Callaghan.

Wolf, Brewers Beat Cards for 13th Win in 14 Games

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August 11th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Randy Wolf pitched eight sharp innings and the Milwaukee Brewers jumped on Jake Westbrook early to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday night, giving the NL Central leaders their 13th win in 14 games.  Prince Fielder had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and an RBI double in the third to help the Brewers open a five-game cushion on the second-place Cardinals.  Milwaukee clinched only its fifth road series win of the season and will try for a sweep Thursday night. The Brewers have taken four of five from St. Louis this month.  The Brewers are 41-15 at home and just 26-35 on the road, but are one win away from a perfect 6-0 trip.

Iowa Content Being Out From Spotlight in 2011

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August 11th, 2011 by Jim Field

     IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A year ago, Iowa tumbled from a preseason top-10 ranking to a .500 finish in the Big Ten.  The Hawkeyes earned a trip to the Insight Bowl, but they went without their top running back and wide receiver after December arrests.  The glow over a comeback win over Missouri was sullied by an offseason workout gone awry. It left 13 players hospitalized, and coach Kirk Ferentz was forced to defend his program.  All that drama, coupled with the departure of a celebrated senior class led by Adrian Clayborn and Ricky Stanzi, has significantly lowered expectations for Iowa in 2011.

Pioli: Chiefs Are Making Progress During Odd Camp

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August 11th, 2011 by Jim Field

     ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli believes significant progress has been made during the first two weeks of a most unusual training camp.  Speaking after Kansas City’s walkthrough Wednesday morning, Pioli says he’s been “encouraged” by several new players and the ground that’s been covered by Todd Haley and the rest of the coaching staff after the lockout.  The defending AFC West champs wrap up their first leg of training camp with a practice under the lights Wednesday night in St. Joseph, Mo. They head home to Arrowhead Stadium for their preseason opener Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

UNI’s Ahelegbe To Play In Germany

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August 11th, 2011 by Jim Field

     CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Former Northern Iowa point guard Kwadzo (ka-JOE) Ahelegbe (ah-HEL-eg-bah) will play in Germany next season.  The school says Ahelegbe has signed with BG G Jottingen (GO-ti-gen).  Ahelegbe led the Panthers with 14.1 points per game last year and was a first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference pick.  Ahelegbe finished his Northern Iowa career ranked ninth on the school’s career scoring list with 1,329 points.  Former Panthers John Little and Ben Jacobson also played BG
G Jottingen.

Cyclones Search For QB Will Define Upcoming Season

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August 11th, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State’s defensive line appears to be its strongest in years. its linebackers and defensive backs are skilled and experienced. The Cyclones have intriguing options at wide receiver and running back and three starters back in the trenches.  None of that will matter if they can’t find a quarterback.  How Iowa State replaces three-year starter Austen Arnaud will likely define its third season under coach Paul Rhoads. Junior Jerome Tiller, junior college transfer Steele Jantz and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett are all in contention for the job.  Iowa State finished 5-7 (3-5 Big 12) in 2010, missing out of postseason eligibility after a 14-0 home loss to Missouri in its finale.

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Iowa Play-By-Play Announcer Diagnosed With Cancer

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August 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa says football and men’s basketball play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The school says Wednesday that Dolphin isn’t expected to miss any games and is optimistic for a full recovery. The 60-year-old Dolphin is entering his 15th season as the play-by-play man for the Hawkeyes. Dolphin says his doctors have told him they’ve caught his cancer in its early stages and plan to attack it with radiation. Iowa opens its season on Sept. 3 at home against Tennessee Tech.

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