Iowa State (4-2) had a break-out shooting game to beat Alabama (2-4) 104-89 in the consolation semifinals of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday at Imperial Arena. For the Cyclones, Tyrese Haliburton has averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 9.2 assists while Rasir Bolton has put up 12 points.
Alabama's John Petty Jr. led all scorers with 34 points, hitting six of his nine 3-point shots and adding 12 rebounds despite playing with an ankle injury he sustained in the first half. The Penn State transfer had his best game as a Cyclone, notching 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting which included five 3-pointers.
"We have to focus on all aspects of the game, on all those little details, and once we've got a group that plays for the defense for 40 minutes, everything's alright".
North Carolina continued to chip away.
Beating Iowa State, a legit top-50 team was impressive enough. Alabama shot 51% after halftime, but spent most of the night catching up. "You have to deal with them a little better".
Franz Wagner has been working to return from a wrist fracture he suffered in the fall camp, which has led him to lose the first month of the regular season for the Michigan Wolverines.
Pritchard has been lights out for OR this season, leading the Ducks in points, assists and steals with an average of 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
The 3s kept falling for James Bolden and Alabama. Big men Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot, not usually offensive focal points, combined for 19 points on 23 shot equivalents.
In keeping with a MI spokesman, Wagner is a "game time decision" for Wednesday's competitors in opposition to the state of Iowa within the inaugural spherical of the Battle four Atlantis event.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Golden Eagles have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Crimson Tide.
The Cyclones (4-2), who went on a huge run over the final six minutes of the first half, move on to a Friday matchup against the victor of the late losers-bracket contest between Seton Hall and Southern Miss.