PORTLAND, Ore. – Iowa State (4-0) needed five 3-pointers from Gabe Kalscheur to secure an 81-79 overtime win over the Villanova Wildcats (2-3 ) to seal.

In the first half, bench production and Iowa state defense made the difference. The Cyclone bench surpassed Villanovas 19-3 while forcing 10 wildcat turnovers in the first 20 minutes of action.

Osun Osunniyi, Kalscheur and Robert Jones contributed 23 of Iowa State’s 34 points in the first half.

Iowa State started the second half on a 17-1 run before Villanova would fight back to level the game with 67 points and force an overtime.

In overtime, Caleb Grill and Kalscheur added 3 points while Osun Osunniyi and Tamin Lipsey hit on the block and from the free throw line to secure the win.

How it happened

Villanova took a 17-9 lead in the first half, helped by an early 11-0 run. The Wildcats’ eight-point lead would be the largest before the Cyclones hit back. Iowa State put together its own 10-0 run and reclaimed the lead 19-17.

Villanova and Iowa State battled back and forth for the last 10 minutes of the first half. The Cyclones and Wildcats were tied 34 at halftime.

In the first six minutes of the second half, Iowa State went out to a 51-35 lead after a 17-1 run fueled by 3-point goals from AljaĆŸ Kunc and Kalscheur.

Villanova responded quickly with a 9-0 run of his own to cut the ISU lead to six with just over 12 minutes to go.

Iowa State would lead the Wildcats for the entire second half until a pair of Villanova free throws with 10 seconds remaining in regulation ended the game at 67. Iowa State missed the final shot of regulation.

In overtime, ISU would stay ahead for the entire five minutes. Grill hit his first 3-pointer of the game in first possession of overtime to give the Cyclones a 70-67 lead. Kalscheur added five points in overtime before recording his fifth foul. Osunniyi and Lipsey scored a bucket and two free throws in the final minute to secure the Cyclone victory.

best performance

Led by Kalscheur, the Cyclones scored a game-high 23 with five 3-pointers.


Iowa State meets No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday, November 25 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.