AMES - Craig Brackins tallied 17 points and Sean Haluska scored 16 points, as the Iowa State Cyclones defeated Nebraska-Omaha, 74-54 in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.
Haluska made 4-of-5 shots from downtown to lead the Cyclone long-range effort, as ISU had six players make a trey en route to a 10-of-25 performance from 3-point range.
"I was pleased with the start of the first half," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "I thought the starters we put out there performed well. We were able to gain momentum in the second half. At the end of the first half we had two team fouls and by the second half we were in bonus. It's a matter of having young guys in that hadn't been in that situation before. There were good things and things we have to work on, but that's why you play these games. We were able to play everyone on the roster for 10 minutes so we'll have good tape to watch and evaluate in preparation for Friday."
ISU raced out to an early 15-2 lead with 13:54 left in the first half behind seven points from Craig Brackins. Sean Haluska drilled a pair of treys and the Cyclones held the Mavericks to 1-of-11 shooting from the floor to help aid their quick start.
Jamie Vanderbeken scored five points in a 7-0 run to pad the Cyclone lead at 24-5 with just over 10 minutes to play.
UNO cut into the lead at 24-10 with a pair of baskets, but Charles Boozer, younger brother of NBA star Carlos Boozer) answered with trey to put ISU back up 27-10 with 7:50 left before intermission.
The Mavericks ended the first half on an 11-6 run to cut the Cyclone lead to 35-23 at the break. The Cyclones, who played all 12 players who were suited up in the opening period, made 6-of-15 shots from 3-point range to help forge their 12-point halftime lead.
ISU opened up the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 44-25 lead with 16:53 left in the game. Brackins scored four points and Haluska buried another trey in the rally. However, UNO quickly answered with an 8-2 run behind a pair of treys from Andrew Bridger to close the gap to 46-33.
The Cyclones put the game away with a 14-6-run in the middle of the second half to forge ahead 60-39 with 7:21 remaining.
Haluska again was instrumental, making a running bank shot and a deep three from the corner.
ISU held the Mavericks to a lowly 31.8 percent shooting from the floor (29-65) Saturday afternoon.
The Cyclones outboarded the Mavericks, 52-34, led by Bryan Petersen's 10 rebounds.
Diante Garrett handed out 10 assists with just one turnover.
Iowa State begins the regular season next weekend in the World Vision Classic in Ames.
The Cyclones will battle UC Davis on Friday (November 14) at 7 p.m., in Hilton Coliseum.