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Iowa State off to best start in school history

Friday, January 5, 2001

AMES - The reserves got to enjoy Iowa State's record-setting victory as much as the starters.

Shane Power and Tyray Pearson came off the bench to lead No. 23 Iowa State with 14 points each as the Cyclones got strong play from their reserves in beating Illinois-Chicago 95-44 Tuesday night for the best start in school history.

Paul Shirley added eight points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Iowa State, which took control after an angry coach Larry Eustachy called a timeout only 3:49 into the game.

"That was a little easier than we expected," Eustachy said. "I'm not sure we caught Illinois-Chicago at their best, but we had a lot to do with it. That was the best defense we've played in a long, long time."

The Cyclones certainly impressed Illinois-Chicago coach Jimmy Collins, whose team lost to No. 1 Michigan State by 44 and to No. 9 Illinois by 13.

"We've had a rough and tough schedule, but Iowa State is by far the best," Collins said. "They're the best team we've ever played."

Iowa State responded to Eustachy's early tongue-lashing with a 20-2 run and Illinois-Chicago never got back in it as the Cyclones won for the 28th straight time at home.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/04 Pilot Tribune.

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