Brockington scores 30, Iowa State beats No.25 Xavier 82-70

NEW YORK (AP) – Izaiah Brockington scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half, and Iowa State beat No.25 Xavier 82-70 on Wednesday night in the NIT season draw.

Tyrese Hunter added 19 points for Iowa State (5-0), Gabe Kalscheur scored 12 points and George Conditt had 10.

“What we like about our squad is that we have a certain depth,” said coach TJ Otzelberger. “We’re up against nine guys in every game and it’s different guys (who) stepped up for us. … What I learn is that on a given night different guys can do the job.

Jack Nunge scored 24 points off the bench for Xavier (4-1). Colby Jones scored 11 points and Dwon Odom scored 10.

Iowa State trailed 39-38 at halftime but took control with a 24-9 run in the opening 7:29 of the second half which included 13 points by Brockington. Xavier reduced the deficit to five points, but didn’t come close as Iowa State ended the game 16-9.

“We know basketball is a racing game,” Hunter said. “How we came out (for the second half) is the way we have to finish. “

The Musketeers hammered the ball inside, scoring 28 of their 39 first-half points in the paint, but were troubled by the Iowa State defense in the second half.

“We weren’t ready,” Nunge said. “Credit to them. They were more physical in those stretches and we have to be ready to play.

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