Less was more.
At least, that was the case from the three-point line Tuesday night in the Cyclones’ blowout of Lamar.
Iowa State shot 20 three pointers in the opening half against the Cardinals. They made just four.
“We didn’t handle not making shots early and that affected us,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said.
For comparison sake, ISU never attempted 20 shots from long range in any one half of play last year. That is one pointer per minute.
In the second half against Lamar, the Cyclones hit a blistering 9-14 (64%) on three pointers. They attempted six fewer 3’s and made five more in the final 20 minutes.
Making shots became contagious after intermission and the coach recognized Naz Long for being the spark.
“One thing with Naz is that he won’t stop shooting,” Hoiberg said. “Once that first one went down, you could see his tempo get better.”
Everyone fed off Long’s success, and that included the inside scorers as ISU hit 73% of its two-point shots in the second half.
Lamar’s defensive approach gave the Cyclones opportunities to fire from distance all night. And, when they started falling the game became a run-away.