Five double figure scorers for Cyclones

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A year ago, the Iowa State men’s basketball team got 43% of its scoring from Craig Brackins and Marquis Gilstrap.

Through six games, the 2010-11 Cyclones have the 16th-highest scoring offense in the nation and it’s built around five players scoring in double figures. Diante Garrett (17.5 ppg), Melvin Ejim (15.7), Scott Christopherson (14.7), Jake Anderson (12.5) and Jamie VanderBeken (12) are all scoring a dozen or more per points game.

There are 13 teams nationally that have at least five players scoring in double figures. The cumulative record of those schools is 64-13 and eight of the losses (and only 10 wins) are shared by Detroit, Texas Tech and Maine. The AP’s top two schools – Duke and Ohio State – boast five double figure scorers, just like the Cyclones.

Ten years ago, the Cyclones ended the year with five double-figure scorers. Jamaal Tinsley (14.3 ppg), Martin Rancik (13.2), Jake Sullivan (11.4), Kantrail Horton (10.7) and Paul Shirley (10) helped ISU win the Big 12 Championship.

Sullivan, a freshman, was surrounded by four seniors. Ejim, a freshman this season, is currently surrounded by three seniors and a fourth-year junior (Christopherson).

The defensive competition ramps up significantly starting tonight when the Cyclones play at UNI. The Panthers are 26th nationally in scoring defense. Iowa State’s scoring balance has been a strength so far, but it will get tested tonight in Cedar Falls.

P.S. As a warm-up exercise for tonight’s game, take a few minutes and read this excellent story on Fred Hoiberg written by college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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